The Town is building a new fire station to replace its outdated Fire Station 9. Built in 1974, and originally designated as Fire Station 2, the facility was designed and built to accommodate one fire truck and three firefighters. During its 44 years of service, the number of apparatus assigned to the facility doubled, while the number of personnel assigned rose to 15.
Existing Fire Station 9 was designed to serve the residential areas generally bounded by Maynard Road and the Walnut Street corridor through Buck Jones Road. In recent years the area has expanded and transformed to represent a more mixed use community of residential and commercial developments.
The current station is overcrowded and has reached the end of its useful service life. There are significant issues with the structure including wall separations, floor and foundation settling, and undermining of both the apparatus bay floor and driveway.
In 2012, the citizens approved a Community Investment Bonds referendum which funded the construction of a new Fire Station 2, located in the downtown area at 601 E. Chatham Street. Fire Station 2 was opened in December 2015 to address response time issues in the downtown area.
The original Station 2 was renamed Fire Station 9 with plans to relocate Station 9 to 1427 Walnut Street. The completion of the new Fire Station 2 and Fire Station 9 relocation projects will ensure the Fire Department meets current and future demands associated with response-time goals in both the downtown and the Crossroads/US 1 corridor areas.
The new Fire Station 9 will be a 17,500 square foot two-story, three bay facility that will exemplify the Town's Strategic Energy Action Plan. The station will include a kitchen, a day room and dormitory spaces as well as apparatus, work and training spaces. The station will also include a 1,400 square foot multi-purpose room that can be utilized for Town training and events. Like Station 2, the west stair tower will serve a dual function for both mandatory egress and firefighter training.
Renderings and Site Layout - September 2017
Rendering 1 (11.9 MB)
Rendering 2 (16.2 MB)
Site Layout (8.3 MB)
The anticipated schedule for this project is summarized as follows:
- Construction: Fall 2018 to Winter 2020
The estimated total project cost of $7,900,000 supports design and construction. Of this total project cost, $1,000,000 comes from the 2012 Community Investment Bonds referendum approved by voters.
- Design (estimate) $750,000
- Construction (estimate) $7,150,000
The land at 1427 Walnut Street was purchased in October 2013.
Assistant Fire Chief – Logistics