More people are moving into Middle Tennessee and communities are working to keep up with the demand, and the strain the growing population puts on resources.
The Nashville Fire Department hopes to do just that – with a new fire station.
“It’ll give us a better facility for the firefighters who work there and the paramedics,” said Al Thomas, Nashville Fire Marshal
The new facility will be located on Andrew Jackson Parkway, the dividing roadway between Metro District 12 and 11.
The hope is for the new station to serve more residents in the Hermitage and Donelson areas.
On Monday, Hermitage residents came to a community meeting to express their excitement and concerns about the relocation.
“It’s long overdue… the old fire hall…it’s very very old,” said Pauline Gillson, a Hermitage resident.
Gillson said some of the concerns she’s heard from other residents vary.
“The noise level, how it’s going to impact people overnight. Traffic also.”
Those who attended the community meeting also got a look at artist renderings of the new station.
Metro Councilman Steve Glover added that the planned relocation is a good first step in getting more emergency services to his district.
“This is literally right across from my district, but we have to keep working to put a station in my district or one closer to serve the people that are on what I call…the south side of the district.”
The Fire Marshal told News 2 they have a plan in place to make the relocation a smooth transition.
“We’ll be working with public works to see if they can assist us in any type of traffic and signalization that we can use.”