Michael Calhoun

UNIVERSITY CITY (KMOX) – Council members Monday evening approved building a new fire station to replace the city’s historic, 108-year-old firehouse on Delmar Boulevard.

The vote, 6-to-1, with Michael Glickert the lone dissenter.

“The point is not do we need a new fire station,” former council member Elsie Glickert said. “It’s the location that is proposed.

The land, at Vernon and Westgate Avenues, was donated by Washington University, but Glickert and others argued that just because it’s free doesn’t meant the city should accept.

“The people who live in the neighborhood will forget what a good night’s sleep is. Blaring sirens at two in the morning will see to that,” Tom Sullivan said, also expressing concerns about the new location making emergency response times longer.

“I live down the street from a firehouse and I don’t even hear the engine,” Ernestine Bolton, the mother of a firefighter, told council members in response.

Beyond the land donation, a $2,612,197 federal grant will pay for the bulk of the construction costs, leaving the city with a  tab of $674,494.

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