PHENIX CITY, Ala. – A local fire station is getting thousands of dollars for a much-needed facelift. Phenix City Council approved more than $50,000 Tuesday to launch Fire Station #4, located on Airport Road, into the 21st century. The station was built in 1971. Since then, the building has had the same roof and HVAC units.
“It’s no longer as energy efficient as it could be,” Fire Chief Kristin Kennedy said.
The city will get a little help in paying for the repairs. The fire department received a $25,000 grant from global manufacturing company Continental Carbon. The grant money represents nearly 75% of renovations that include the exterior and interior glass and metal doors, the lower roof, and the heating and air units. The city also set aside nearly $30,000 to replace the decades-old roof. The roof money and about $8,000 in other renovations will come out of the city’s budget.
“Buildings that were built with flat roofs, usually you’re going to have water problems over a period of time,” Mayor Eddie Lowe said.
Chief Kennedy calls council’s decision “an opportunity to make it better and make living arrangements better for the firefighters.” She also notes the benefit of becoming more environmentally friendly as a fire department.
“It will drastically help with the power bills at the station,” Kennedy explained.
Chief Kennedy says the fire department will contact the contractors in the next week or so to setup the repair work. The renovations and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of May.