City Council to discuss fire station renovation plans, An Occasion for the Arts

Staff writer

The possibility of building a new Williamsburg Fire Department Station and the growth and future of An Occasion for the Arts will be up for discussion at City Council's next work session on Monday.

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 led to a decision by City Council in 2017 to issue bonds for renovation or replacement of the fire station and police station, according to the summary.

Later that year, James City County architectural firm GuernseyTingle was commissioned by the city to determine the feasibility of renovating or replacing the aging buildings. According to a past Virginia Gazette report, the firm suggested that the city demolish the existing fire station and build a new, modern facility on the same 2.9-acre site. During construction, the firm suggested fire department staff operate out of a temporary fire station.

City staff is expected to recommend to City Council that a new fire station be built at the site on North Boundary Street, with the possibility of constructing a second fire station in the city, if the need arises.

An Occasion for the Arts

Last year, City Council approved a $25,000 grant for An Occasion for the Arts, which celebrated its 50th year in 2018. As the annual budget season begins to ramp up, AOFTA President Stuart Honenberger and Vice President Nancy Wigley are expected to explain how the annual event has grown in Williamsburg and its future plans.

According to the presentation, plans to improve the annual arts festival include expanding programming and marketing efforts, along with campaigns to garner more personal, corporate and grant funding.

Want to attend?

Where: City Council Chambers, Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St.

When: 4 p.m. Monday

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