Athens Fire Department renovations

ATHENS — A long-time feature of the Athens Volunteer Fire Department building, its canopy, is now a thing of the past as the department seeks more parking and a new siding.

AVFD Chief D.E. “Heavy” Mitchem said on Monday, “Some of the guys wanted us to add more parking spaces. The canopy only allowed us to park one vehicle and its removal will allow us to add a couple of spaces.”

The removal of the canopy, which dates back to the gas station which formerly occupied the building, currently leaves a surface to be covered, he added.

“We’ll be covering up the space that was exposed with stone. We’re going to do a facelift with a stone veneer that will cover the front office and the side of the building,” Mitchem said.

Fredeking-Stafford Construction Company of Princeton is the contractor on the project, which is awaiting  the delivery of the stone and good weather to do the project, he said.

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