The relocation of Gainesville’s fire station No. 2 is finally moving forward as city officials prepare to close next week on the purchase of a Cleveland Highway property for $525,000.
Moving the fire station, which was built in the mid-1950s, has been a priority for years.
Fire Chief Jerome Yarbrough has previously said that the station has severe plumbing and electrical problems and that modern fire trucks do not fit in the garage.
When voters approved a new round of special purpose local option sales tax in 2015, city officials earmarked $4 million to replace the fire station located at the crossroad of Holly Drive and Piedmont Road.
The city is acquiring land at 1741 Cleveland Highway, near the intersection of Clarks Bridge Road, that is currently the home of Wofford TV & Appliance.
That business, however, is closing shop.