WINA reports that the city has given the OK to figure out where to put a new fire station, likely somewhere on the southern end of town. The goal is to have it under construction in two years, for the purpose of improving response times.
Note, too, that this fits in with proposals to develop the area south of town. As developers well know, home insurance rates heavily depend on the distance between the home and a fire station. Building a new station on the southern end of town will make it more feasible to suburbanize Albemarle where, currently, Charlottesville dissolves to countryside within just a few miles on 29.