ANDERSON — With no public opposition and few questions from board members, the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals approved an expansion of Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.
The BZA also approved a special exception for the construction of an addition to Station 8 for the housing of an ambulance on Wednesday.
Anderson Memorial Park requested a special exception for the construction of a mausoleum and bell tower on the west side of the property at 6805 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Jay Wiley, general manager of the cemetery, said the mausoleum will be constructed in four phases, each capable of holding 330 urns.
He said the bell tower will be between 40 and 50 feet high and is planned to be east of the new mausoleum project.
Kim Wiley of Anderson Memorial Park said the bell tower and the first mausoleum will be constructed in the near future. She said as each of the units is filled, the next phase will be constructed.
BZA members also granted Anderson Memorial Park a waiver from having to construct sidewalks around the perimeter of the 93-acre site.
The board approved a special exception for the construction of an 800-square-foot addition to the west of the existing Fire Station No. 8 at 105 W. 53rd Street.
Assistant chief Brent Holland said the Anderson Fire Department wants to enhance the existing station and to provide additional emergency medical services.
Holland explained that when the ambulance goes on an emergency run it is accompanied by a ladder truck. He said the department wants to locate a pumper truck at the station to go on the emergency medical service runs.
“It will be more efficient and a cost savings,” he said.
Holland said the ambulance will be housed in the new addition with the pumper and ladder trucks housed in the existing station.
The Anderson Board of Public Safety will be accepting bids for the construction work on May 15.
Holland said the department would like the addition completed before winter.
Money for the construction was included in the 2014 Anderson Fire Department budget. The funds are coming from the department’s building and equipment account.
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