Groundbreaking Held For New Fire Station

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking

Chattanooga city officials gathered at a 3250 8th Avenue in East Lake Thursday morning to kick off construction of a new fire station. The old Station 9 was constructed in 1929 and its replacement was badly needed. Ground was broken for a new, larger Station 9 that will be much more energy efficient. Addressing those present, Mayor Andy Berke said building this new, modern fire station will make the East Lake community safer.

After Fire Chief Lamar Flint and City Councilman Chris Anderson made brief remarks, it was time to take up some shovels for the groundbreaking. Joining them were city council members Larry Grohn, Yusuf Hakeem, Jerry Mitchell and Ken Smith, state representative Vince Dean, representatives of the architect’s who drew up the plans for the new station, and several residents of the East Lake community. The project is expected to cost $1.3 million and will take roughly 180 days to complete.

Here are facts about the old and new stations:


  • The original Station 9, located at 3701 6th Avenue, was constructed in 1929. 
  • Construction on its replacement is scheduled to begin in early fall of 2013. 
  • The new Station 9, located at 3250 8th Avenue, will cost approximately $1.3 million. 
  • Completion of the project is expected to take approximately 180 calendar days. 
  • Staffing will continue with 15 firefighters, with 5 working each of the 3 shifts. 
  • The station will house one fully equipped, front-line fire apparatus. The second bay can house additional vehicles and equipment if necessary. 
  • Architect: Artech Design Group 
  • General Contractor: Cherokee Construction Company 

  • Features of the new station:


  • One-story, double bay fire station.
  • LEED-certified building. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed by the U.S. Building Council to establish standards for environmentally sustainable construction.
  • Low maintenance floor.
  • Fully sprinklered building.
  • Fire pole feature sculpture will display the original fire pole from the original Station 9.
  • Building equipped with a generator powered by natural gas so the station can remain operational during power outages or natural disasters.
  • Intended to act as a neighborhood public facility and is designed with the neighborhood in mind.
  • Designed to fit into the residential character and scale of 8th Avenue.
  • The original Station 9, at 3701 6th Avenue, was constructed in 1929. 
  • Construction on its replacement is scheduled to begin in early fall of 2013. 
  • The new Station 9, located at 3250 8th Avenue, will cost approximately $1.3 million. 
  • Completion of the project is expected to take approximately 180 calendar days. 
  • Staffing will continue with 15 firefighters, with 5 working each of the 3 shifts. 
  • The station will house one fully equipped, front-line fire apparatus. The second bay can house additional vehicles and equipment if necessary. 
  • Architect: Artech Design Group 
  • General Contractor: Cherokee Construction Company 
  • Artist’s rendering of the new Station 9
    Artist’s rendering of the new Station 9

    Heritage Funeral Home East Brainerd To Host Holiday Memorial And Candlelight Service On Tuesday

    Heritage Funeral Home East Brainerd is providing a Holiday Memorial and Candlelight Service honoring the families who have lost a family member during this past year, on Tuesday, at 6 p.m. Each family will receive a hand blown glass angel ornament and will participate in the candlelight memorial on this night of remembrance and healing. Refreshments will follow the memorial ... (click for more)

    Celebration Of Human Rights Day Is Dec. 10

    The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, 1948. It represents the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, inalienable and equally applicable to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights. The community is invited to come to the Eastdale Village ... (click for more)

    Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

    A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

    East Ridge Meth Dealer Gets 168 Months In Federal Prison

    A man that agents said was dealing large quantities of meth from his East Ridge residence has been sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison. Kenneth Lemons appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Agents said they made several controlled drugs buys from Lemons at his residence in 2015. On Oct. 27, 2015, he drove up to a residence where DEA agents were making a controlled ... (click for more)

    Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

    Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

    Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

    Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)