A new fire station in Charlottesville has jumped a major hurdle. Tuesday night the Charlottesville Planning Commission approved plans for the station which would be located at the intersection of Fontaine Avenue and Summit Street.
The building would replace the current fire station on Ivy Road. Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner says the move will mean better response times to the Fry's Spring and Jefferson Park Avenue neighborhoods.
Peter Hedlund of the Fry's Spring Neighborhood Association said, "We have been told in our neighborhood that we have one of the slowest relative response times due to the location of our neighborhood and the location of the current fire station so this would greatly improve response times."
The chief says the change will not require additional staffing. An early estimate puts the price tag at about $13.3 million. The station could be built within two years.