New fire department marks beginning of Martin redevelopment
Since its establishment in 1926 the City of Martin has had nine major floods destroying homes and businesses.
According to WYMT, for more than one decade officials have been working to create a redevelopment site that would literally move and protect the city.
Tuesday another big step was taken on that project with the completion of the first building on the redevelopment site.
City and state officials gathered at the new Martin Fire Department for a moment they say will go down in the history books.
They cut the ribbon in front of a new Martin Fire Station now marked as the first building to be built on the redevelopment site.
The site was leveled off above where Martin currently sits as a place to relocate homes and businesses otherwise in trouble of serious flooding.
Officials say moving the fire station was a great first step for the City of Martin, and they say the next step is to move City Hall and the police department as well.
Local firefighters say they could not be happier to get moved in and get the rest of the city moving up.
The building cost $1.2 million.
Construction began in 2011.