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Johnson applauds awarding of stimulus money for Beechmont Fire House

Thursday September 24, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is applauding the decision by the Department of Homeland Security to award a $3.3 million dollar grant for construction of a new firehouse on Ashland Avenue.

“Residents in this area are anxiously waiting the day when this new fire house begins serving the Beechmont area,” says Johnson. “This project has been a top public safety priority for me. We were in competition with many other cities for this stimulus money”

Construction on the Beechmont fire house will get underway in the next few weeks. The land has already been purchased and cleared. The construction is set to be completed in the summer of 2010.

This fire house is one of three proposed under the Metro Government’s 21st Century Fire plan. Two of the proposed fire houses, in Portland and Butchertown, are already in operation.

“This is a very worthwhile project as we continue to assist our firefighters with the tools they need to help keep all of us safe,” says Johnson. “I commend the Firefighters who serve this community and I appreciate their professionalism as we move forward.”

The federal grant will cover 80 per cent of the cost of construction.

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