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City: New Municipal Center will not include fire station

ABC 17 News confirmed Wednesday a plan to build a municipal center in north Columbia is still on track, though the land was deemed unfit to support a fire station.

Monday night, the City Council approved the purchase of eight acres of land in the north part of the city for a building that would house a police and fire station.

On Wednesday, the city said the approved land south of International Drive and east of Rangeline does not meet the fire department’s “criteria as a priority location for fire apparatus.”

The city said it will continue to evaluate future station locations including that site.

ABC 17 News confirmed with the city Wednesday night the project is still on track, with construction of the police substation expected in 2018.

It’s unclear if the $484,000 contract for the land with Callaway Bank has been signed.

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