Midtown Raleigh News

Raleigh eyes more land for future fire station

The City Council will vote Tuesday on acquiring more land for a long-planned fire station to serve Northwest Raleigh and the Brier Creek area.

The station has been held up by the recession. As design work progressed, it became clear that a bigger site would make the facility cheaper to build, Raleigh officials say. The property sits on Leesville Road near the Harrington Grove subdivision.

The council will vote on condemning a .09-acre property on Leesville Road next to the site. Negotiations with the property owners have been complicated by potential title issues.

Also proposed is a land swap between the city and The Angus Barn Properties, LLC for land at 12191 Leesville Road.

The Angus Barn property is divided by a stream that land-locks the rear acreage and abuts property slated to become a city park. The exchange will allow the Angus Barn to gain access to a future road that will tie in to Leesville Road.

The properties involved in the swap were each appraised at $200,000, according to the city.

Volunteer fire stations historically have served many North Raleigh areas. However, Leesville Road has been booming over the past few years, and with the influx of new residents comes the need for more city services.

Some volunteer fire stations have closed or suffered personnel losses because of more stringent requirements for medical and safety training.

The city budgeted $3 million to $3.4 million for the station in 2009.