- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - New Castle County is spending $718,000 to buy land for a new paramedic station in one of the fastest growing areas in the state.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports (https://delonline.us/2f596uV) that county council approved the purchase last week following years of discussion over where to expand emergency services in the southern part of the county.

The money will be used to buy five acres of land south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, where officials hope to improve response times as the area continues to grow.

The land is located off North DuPont Parkway near Boyds Center and east of Middletown.

Councilman Bill Bell, who is one of two council members representing residents south of the canal, says the station will be next to an Odessa Fire Company station.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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