Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Councilwoman Cleta Winslow and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran officially announced the renovation and re-opening of the historic Fire Station No. 7 in Atlanta’s West End. The historic building, erected in 1910 at the corner of Whitehall Street and Oak Street, was closed in 2008 due to city budget constraints.

“The re-opening of this station falls squarely into my administration’s efforts to improve public safety across the city,”  Reed said. “This station will place more emergency fire personnel right here in the West End, and residents will notice the difference in response times and community safety.” 

The reopening of this location aims to improve response time and provide greatly needed emergency medical services to residents of the area, especially the many senior citizens who live in the neighborhoods of West End, Ashview Heights, College Town, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, Oakland City/Venetian Hills and Mozley Park.

“For four generations, Fire Station No. 7 served the residents of Atlanta’s West End, Pittsburg, Adair Park and Castleberry communities,” said Cochran. “This historic facility that has contributed to saving so many lives and much property for a century is about to be resuscitated and brought back to life.”

The Atlanta City Council passed legislation authorizing the $2.5 million expenditure to begin architectural engineering and design services as well as asbestos abatement on the site. Remodeling construction is expected to take 12 months.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.