City Council is expected to decide whether to support the construction of a second city fire station at its meeting Thursday.
The city began to explore the possibility of replacing or renovating the city’s fire and police stations in 2016, according to an agenda item summary for the meeting. The fire station, located on North Boundary Street, and city’s police department on Armistead Avenue were both built in the 1970s, according to a past Virginia Gazette reports.
These early conversations and a study prepared by James City County architectural firm GuernseyTingle led City Council to issue bonds for renovation or replacement of the fire station and police station in 2017, according to the summary.
City Manager Andrew Trivette said about $11 million is set aside for fire station construction and renovation costs.
At a meeting in January, City Council members were split when discussing whether to focus funds on improving the existing Williamsburg Fire Station on North Boundary Street or building a second fire station in the city. Some members said it would be better to prioritize remodeling the existing station, while others supported building a second station so fire crews could respond more quickly to more areas of the city.
Trivette said the city’s geographic information system staff prepared an analysis of the best areas in the city for a second fire station that would have the greatest impact on emergency response times. As a result of that study, city-owned parcels at the corner of Capitol Landing Road and Merrimac Trail, on Ironbound Road and at the site of the former Super 8 motel at the corner of Lafayette Street and Richmond Road were selected as potential candidates for a second station.
At Thursday’s meeting, city staff is expected to recommend to City Council that necessary renovations be made at the existing fire station on North Boundary Street, and that a new fire station be built at 912 Capitol Landing Road.
According to design concepts for a renovated North Boundary Street fire station prepared by GuernseyTingle, approximately 20,185 square feet would be added to the existing station in the form of a two-story dormitory for firefighters, two new garage bays and additional storage space.
“If you build a second fire station, there are still needs at the existing fire station that have to be addressed, so the recommendation is to do the second fire station and address those needs at the same time,” Trivette said.
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Where: City Council Chambers, Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.
When: 2 p.m. Thursday
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