Some Kennewick residents are fired up about the location for a new fire station.
KENNEWICK, WA - Some Kennewick residents are fired up about the location for a new fire station. The new station would be located at the corner of 10th Avenue and Kellogg Street in Kennewick.
On Wednesday, the Kennewick Fire Department answered questions from the public. The hot topic of the night was the price the city paid to purchase the property.
The homeowner sold the property for $400,000, but the property's assessed value is much less than that. The fire department stressed that the house was not on the market, so the land wasn't sold for market value.
Others were concerned about re-designing South Kellogg Street to make room for fire trucks, but city leaders say the street will not be re-designed.
There were also noise concerns, but the department pointed out that three of the four current fire stations are also in residential areas and crews keep siren use to a minimum.
This location at Kellogg Street and 10th Avenue was strategically selected to improve response times with future growth in mind.
"Siting a fire station is a very complex issue, it's not as easy as a lot of people think. People just don't until they see the maps, they understand the diagrams and the rationale we went through and the science that we applied to this. It's hard for them to really understand why a half mile down the road or a mile down the road would make such a big difference," explained Chief Neil Hines of the Kennewick Fire Department.
This would be the fifth fire station in the city and the first new station in 22 years.