Franklin, Williamson County form partnership and break ground on Franklin Fire Station 7
FROM: Franklin Homepage –
By JOHN McBRYDE –
Beneath a bright blue sky and nestled against the brown of an ongoing excavation project, city of Franklin and Williamson County officials came together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Franklin Fire Department’s Station 7 on the county’s Ag Expo Park campus.
“It’s been a journey to get us here,” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said. “We can count here in the city of Franklin, and we do realize that we built Fire Station 8 before we built Fire Station 7. But that’s okay. We had a plan and we’ve been working on that plan.”
The design for Fire Station 7 is similar to Westhaven’s Station 8, with the addition of an ambulance wing that will be funded by Williamson County. The ambulance will be staffed by Williamson Medical Center EMS personnel.
Station 7 has come as a result of a tragic accident on Interstate 65 in August 2014, when a fatal gasoline tanker explosion destroyed the Goose Creek Bypass-Peytonsville Road bridge. A temporary station was established as an emergency measure.
“With those bridges out, we no longer had connections in the southern portion of the city,” Stuckey said. “So as that progressed, we realized the importance of building on this side of [Interstate 65]. And working with the county, we were able to obtain this land at the southern tip of the ag center and we were able to extend sanitary sewer services to help serve the ag center… This partnership has been critical.”
In addition to Stuckey, speaking during the ceremony were Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek and Franklin Alderman Clyde Barnhill.
In January 2018, Renaissance Group, a Memphis-based architecture firm, was awarded a $244,000 contract to provide engineering and design consulting services for Station 7. In November 2018, Southland Constructors Inc. was awarded a $6.67 million contract to construct the new station, construct a new road (911 Brunacini Way) that will lead to the station from Peytonsville Road, and complete hillside grading to accommodate both.
The station is expected to be completed in 12 months.