Atlanta’s fire chief recently told Buckhead residents that the department leaders have doubts about replacing a fire station that residents renovated a few years ago.

Chief Kelvin Cochran on Feb. 7 updated the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods about the fire Department’s plans to replace older buildings. Fire Station 27, located on Northside Drive Northwest in Buckhead, was constructed in the 1950s. In 2008 neighbors raised $250,000 to improve the firefighters living quarters.

Cochran said the department will propose a replacement in 2017. He said the department is considering delaying the replacement because of the renovations, but that could be harmful to the community in the long run.

“We’ve got a few years to really wrestle with that, but I don’t think we should wait until we get it funded to have the conversation,” Cochran said.

District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean attended the Feb. 7 meeting and said when the neighborhood began raising the money the improvements were about 10 years off.

“We didn’t want firefighters to wait that many years to live in clearly substandard conditions,” Adrean said. “It bought some time and we are all very attached.”

Dan Whisenhunt

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