FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 27, 2017
The drive to build a fire station in the Northland has received a big boost thanks to 7.3 acres of prime real estate donated by a man with a special love and respect for firefighters.
The donor is Timothy Harris, President of Star Development Corp. Harris said he’s proud to give back to the Kansas City Fire Department that’s given so much to him.
“I am honored and privileged to be able to support the City with a donation of land for a much needed Northland fire station,” Harris said. “In fact, this has a special meaning to me and, in part, is a tribute to my late father William Kelly who was a fire chief and worked for KC Fire for 35 years. I have a deep respect for the fire department and for everything those incredible individuals do. I’m excited for the station to open and feel that the impact to the community will be felt and recognized immediately.”
The donation, approved on Wednesday by the Neighborhoods and Public Safety Committee, won full City Council approval on Thursday.
Building a fire station in this part of the City became a key component of 1st District Councilwoman Heather Hall’s platform when she took office in 2015. This, she said, brings that vision closer to reality.
“I am thrilled to have this land donation approved today so we can now begin the process of giving the citizens a new fire station in the Northeast part of District 1, which will benefit the entire city,” Hall said.
There are 34 fire stations strategically located across the City. KCPD Chief Paul Berardi said a Northland station will fit perfectly into his department’s mission to best serve more citizens.
“The generous donation of land at Highway 291 and Sherman Road enables KCFD to proceed with locating a new station in an area identified through our strategic planning processes as critical,” Berardi said. “The parcel will effectively serve a rapidly growing area of the City and provide the geographic placement needed to ensure timely, effective response in an expanding center of residential and business development.”
Media inquiries can be directed to Councilwoman Hall’s Legislative Assistant Markus Smith at 816-513-6505.