According to Walker County coordinator David Ashburn, who is overseeing the two projects, Fire Station 11 will move from Probasco Street in West LaFayette to a new home on Old Mineral Springs Road. Fire Station 14 in Villi-now will have a new home in East Armuchee Valley and be housed at the Armuchee Valley Community Center.
Concerning the new Fire Station 11, Ashburn said, “We are in the final stages. We are looking to be in there by the middle of September.”
The price tag for the Fire Station 11 is around $400,000 and will be paid for with SPLOSTS funds.
Station 14 will be expanded into the Armuchee Valley Community Center and is priced at $1.7 million, paid for with SPLOSTS funds as well. It is slated to open Sept. 11.
Ashburn said both the new facilities would meet green standards that will save on water and electricity and pro-vide for more space.
“We need the station and we need the space,” Ashburn said.
The new Station 14 will host an additional office for the sheriff and will be a community center that has a gen-erator and can be utilized as a shelter for inclement weather and other emergencies.
It is a multi-functional facility with a full water-sewerage-power system, as well as upstairs sleeping quarters with bathrooms and showers and a downstairs living space.
Ashburn said a lot of the construction was handled by in-house labor and that has cut the cost a bit.
The two new facilities, Ashburn said, will save money on energy due to being larger facilities.