TOLEDO, OH (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - City leaders debated the future of Toledo Fire Station No. 3 on Tuesday.
The station, located at Erie and Bush, shut down last month after crews found cracks in the concrete floor.
North Toledo neighbors met behind closed doors Monday night to talk about the station.
Now, city council's public safety committee takes up the issue to see if it makes more sense to repair the station or build a new one.
Chief Luis Santiago with the Toledo Fire Department and Mayor Mike Bell want council to approve $344,000 from capital improvements to design a new fire station at Jamie Farr Park.
"We wanted to get service back on that side of the bridge as quickly as possible and so things started ramping up a bit quicker. You can take your time but there is no other station to put those individuals in," said Bell.
"But gosh I wish we could work together as a community rather than say we know what's best for you, accept it, we're the experts. But you know people who live in the neighborhood know quite a bit too," said United North CEO Terry Glazer.
Council president Joe McNamara is pushing a plan to fix the old station for under $200,000.
Councilman Mike Collins says a vote to remodel or build a new one, could come by thanksgiving.
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