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City commission approves property purchase for potential new fire station

The city plans on buying property from In the Image on South Division Avenue, north of Burton Street.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the property purchase for the land which could be a new fire station on South Division Avenue.

The commission voted 7-0 to approve plans to purchase property. The city plans on buying property from In the Image, just north of Burton Street. 

The land is roughly one block south of the station it will replace. The current station, located at 1734 S. Division Ave. has up and running since 1926. 

In the Image has been offering free clothes and household items for people in need since 1988. The non-profit is most known for its S.H.O.E.S program -- which provides free shoes to elementary students in Grand Rapids. In the Image is evaluating other facilities and locations to serve the community in the same capacity. 

A timeline for when construction on the new station will start -- or end -- has been set yet.

Grand Rapids firefighters answered a record number of calls last year. The Professional Firefighters Local 366 posted the stats on their Facebook page, saying it was the busiest year in the department's 169-year history. They answered more than 24,150 calls in 2019 -- which is 66 alarms a day. This number was 1,751 more than in 2018. 



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