ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany officials broke ground for the Albany Fire Department's new Station #7, at the corner of Elsom Street and Leonard Street Monday morning at 10:00.
Construction on the new station began October 2015, and the new station is projected to be complete in the spring of 2016.
SPLOST VI funds were allocated November 2, 2010 to replace the existing station with a new building that will continue to serve the East Albany community.
The $880,000 building will replace the current station Number 7 on Mock Road, which has structural problems, because it was built on a sink hole.
"We're only a block away, so it's not going to affect any of our response times or the way we provide fire service to the community," said AFD Chief Ron Rowe.
"My goal would be they would continue to interact with the community in a positive way," said Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan.
AFD Chief Ron Rowe says that twelve firefighters are assigned to the station, with two fire trucks.
The original fire station #7, now showing its age, was built in the mid 1970's to improve fire response in East Albany.