SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) Construction will begin Wednesday on a new fire station here in the Lowcountry. Whitesville Fire and Rescue is working on new headquarters in the Cane Bay area or Summerville. Right now there is no fire station to service the area, so the new headquarters will serve residential and business areas for about 50-square-miles.
This station’s been in the works for a little over a year and a half. There were some issues around the time of the partial government shutdown that delayed construction on the site.
Mashburn Construction is building the fire station and anticipates a grand opening sometime in March of 2020.
“There really aren’t these services out in the area, and this is an area that’s growing both huge and economically in the number of homes that are coming into this area,” Vice President of the Coastal Division for Mashburn Construction Richard Kinard said. “So this fire station will be serving all those areas for Cane Bay and the surrounding areas between there and Whitesville.”
The renderings of what the future fire station will look like include two separate buildings. One side is office and residential while the other side is the garage for the fire trucks.
“So it’s basically two different structures,” Kinard said. “We’ve got 57-hundred square feet that’ll actually be the fire station where the firemen are staying with bunk rooms and cooking facilities, etc… And then we’ve got a 37-hundred square foot garage that’s going to house two firetrucks at the location.”
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony begins at ten in the morning.