Raleigh (NC) Seeks New Fire Station Site After Rejection

Fire Station 14’s current location on Lake Boone Trail is deteriorating, without enough square footage to serve its needs, according to the city.

Raleigh bought land at 3510 Harden Road in October for $590,000, hoping to site a replacement station there, but neighbors worried about sirens and traffic on their streets, and argued other sites were more accessible for fire trucks.

Hearing that concern, the city is looking for a new site. The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday deferred discussion of Fire Station 14, giving city staff more time.

The proposed replacement site sits south of medical offices and across from an under-construction private school on the west side of a neighborhood.

Some residents, such as Tom West, secretary of the Meredith Woods Homeowners Association, want the station moved to the intersection of Harden Road and Blue Ridge Road, about 500 yards west.

However, the city hasn’t had much luck with landowners near there. The Beach family rejected the city’s offer of $2.5 million for land on the southeast corner of Blue Ridge and Harden roads. The family wants $8 million, Councilman Wayne Maiorano said in a committee meeting. The city has considered forcing a sale through eminent domain, which could take as long as a year.

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