Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL APPROVES LEGISLATION TO REOPEN ATLANTA FIRE RESCUE STATION NO. 7

ATLANTA – At today’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Atlanta City Council, the body voted to approve three pieces of legislation introduced by District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow (legislative reference 13-O-0104, 13-R-0105, 13-R-0106) that allow for the renovation and reopening of Atlanta Fire Rescue Station No. 7.  The historic building, erected in 1910 at the corner of Whitehall Street and Oak Street, was closed in 2008 due to city budget constraints.

Specifically, the legislation passed allows for the transfer of funds so that the city may initiate architectural engineering and design services as well as asbestos abatement on the site.

“I am very grateful to Mayor Reed for finding the money to reopen Station No. 7,” said District 4 Councilmember Cleta Winslow, whose district includes the station.  “At the time of its closure in 2008, No. 7 was the second busiest station in the entire city.  I also want to profoundly thank my colleagues for voting unanimously to approve the startup funds to get No.7 renovated and back to servicing the nine neighborhoods in the surrounding area.”

The reopening of this location aims to improve response time and provide greatly needed emergency medical services to residents of the area, especially the many senior citizens who live in the neighborhoods of West End, Ashview Heights, College Town, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, Oakland City/Venetian Hills, and Mozley Park.

“As a resident of the West End community, I am pleased to see Station No. 7 be partially restored as an EMS center,” said Council President Mitchell. “While we, the community, are happy about the opening of the EMS center, we will continue to push for the station to be restored to its full functionality. I commend and thank Councilmember Winslow for her steadfast efforts and work to see it become a reality.”

Post 1 At Large Councilmember and Chair of the Public Safety Committee Michael Julian Bond also expressed his support of the legislation, saying, “I am extremely excited that the city is set to reestablish Station No. 7.  Not only is this West End historic landmark one of the many jewels of our city, the new life breathed into Station No. 7 will surely save lives in this vital community.”