The plans for the new North Augusta Public Safety fire station No. 1 were the topic of discussion Wednesday night during an open house at fire station No. 3 on Belvedere-Clearwater Road.
The new station, set to be constructed on property at 311 W. Martintown Road, will have the same footprint and layout as station No. 3, but neighbors and other concerned residents were able to give their thoughts about the placement and facade of the building.
Rachelle Moody, interim city administrator, said the city wanted people to be able to come and tour the facility, “because we want people to feel comfortable with the building that’s coming to their neighborhood.”
Visuals of the elevations, design, preliminary layout of the lot and a survey of the lot were laid out. Along with concerned residents, Public Safety staff and city council members also attended.
Zach McIntire recently bought a house on property that will border the fire station property.
He said the house, along with the city, are what drew them to North Augusta.
“The town’s definitely growing but I feel like you do have that small-town feel, which is what we like, and it seems like they listen to the – I guess you could say – the citizen's voice is what it sounds like, and I just hope with this situation, I hope they’ll listen to us on this,” he said.
McIntire said he is glad the fire station will be going where it is, adding “I feel really safe with a fire station right next to my house. That doesn’t bother me.”
“I just hope we have some sort of border around the house. All the trees around the house is really what drew us to the house, but if I look out my front door and it’s just a privacy fence or nothing, we won’t like that too much.”
North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas said he thinks it’s a great idea for the city to bring people into station No. 3, so it gives them a chance to take a tour and see what they’re going to build as well as the chance to give suggestions about the building, how it should look and how it should operate.
“It’s win-win for everybody,” he said.