The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday to place a fire station at the edge of a residential neighborhood, drawing the ire of some who live in West Raleigh’s Meredith Woods.
The new station would stand next to several houses, some of which the city plans to purchase and demolish. The city wants to replace nearby Station 14, which is deteriorating and too small for modern needs, according to city staff.
Some locals had said that the construction would eat into their neighborhood and bring heavy trucks onto little Harden Road. The city said that other sites on larger roads could cost millions more or could be hard to work with.
The council showed little interest in changing the city’s plans at a Tuesday afternoon meeting.
“In my district, there are three fire stations that are right in the middle of neighborhoods, and they’re actually very welcome,” said Councilman John Odom.
Councilman Eugene Weeks said that city staff had met several times with neighbors to vet the proposal, which would move the station from Lake Boone Trail to the intersection of Harden Road and Nancy Ann Drive.
Councilman Bonner Gaylord asked that the matter go back to a council committee for further consideration. He was the only vote against the authorization of the new site.