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County officials discuss potential future site for Fire Station 17 in South Hall
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A sign noting an upcoming Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting stands outside of some Holiday Road properties, where the proposed Hall County Fire Services' Station 17 could go. - photo by Nick Watson

Hall County is in the process of procuring the land for what could become Hall County Fire Services Station 17, which would put Lake Lanier Islands within five miles of a fire station.

The proposed location is 5711 and 5719 Holiday Road in Buford, said Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley.

“We wanted to pick a location that would take into consideration the calls for service in the location, because we try to get within five miles of either a home or a business to not affect the (Insurance Services Office) rating,” said assistant county administrator Marty Nix

The current ISO rating for Hall County, which affects homeowners’ insurance premiums, is a 2 on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest.

“Currently right now, Lanier Islands resort, that is not within a five-mile radius, so by putting that location in that general area on Holiday Road, we’re able to get that facility within five miles of a fire station,” Nix said, adding it would also put a station close to Interstate 985 and the surrounding area.

Nix said the county is still in negotiations with the owner regarding the roughly 3.5 acres of land, which previously had a restaurant and a service station. 

“I’m guessing, but typically you’re looking at maybe a two-year period before we even get the station opened,” Nix said.