The Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously voted to purchase a closed church that will eventually become the site of a new fire station at their regular meeting Tuesday.

Hargrove Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 1812 Hargrove Road East, shut its doors in February and the property on which it sits will now become the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service's Station No. 6.

As previously reported by the Tuscaloosa Thread, the original Station 6 on Loop Road closed last August due to maintenance issues, including water leaks and structural issues in the building that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.

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The church announced its closing on Facebook in February after 74 years of operation in East Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Walt Maddox thanked Scott Holmes and Tom Bobbitt of the city attorney's office and the North Alabama District of the United Methodist Church for their hard work and cooperation on this project at the meeting Tuesday.

Maddox said he looks forward to working with TFR Chief Randy Smith as the process continues.

The project is still in its infancy, and no information was given Tuesday night about when the demolition and new construction might begin or how much the efforts are expected to cost.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for updates on this project and other city council actions affecting the area.

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