The Janesville City Council approved plans to renovate and expand a fire station Monday night at the city council meeting.
That means up to 12 homes around the current fire station will be demolished. The council approved a $9.4 million renovation to the central fire station in a 6-1 vote.
The fire station has not been upgraded in nearly 60 years. However, the renovation covers two and a half acres, which will require homeowners within the affected area to relocate.
The approval created mixed emotions for the residents affected.
"I just want to say I'm completely, completely against it. Don't add insult to injury," said nearby resident Joyce Shea.
However, some neighbors understood the decision, even though they will lose their homes in the process.
"My home is going to be made into a parking lot and I can still see the need for this so clearly," said nearby resident Rebecca Farrell.
All residents will receive relocation costs along their home's sale price. Construction could begin as early as next spring.