Loudoun County supervisors are moving forward to construct a new fire and rescue station in a newly designated location outside the Village of Aldie.
On Oct. 17, the board voted through its consent agenda to construct the new station on approximately 11.7 acres at the southwest corner of John Mosby Highway and James Monroe Highway near Gilbert’s Corner. The $875,000 purchase was contingent upon a 120-day due diligence study that started in June.
“This was a long and arduous effort, but we did it,” Blue Ridge Supervisor Tony Buffington (R) said in a prepared statement.
Constructing the new fire and rescue station follows a number of issues surrounding the existing building constructed in 1971. The existing station, approximately 6,000 square feet, lacks the programmatic and functional space to support and accommodate assign staff providing 24-hour emergency service delivery to the Aldie community and the surrounding response areas, according to county staff. The existing station is also located in a major floodplain, and flooding has forced the evacuation of staff and emergency apparatus, disrupting emergency service delivery more than 20 times since being built.
Firefighters also submitted letters to the board testifying that they have been diagnosed with bronchitis, been bitten by spiders, found rodents and snakes in the facility and dealt with occasional flooding and overwhelming structural damage.
The debated project is estimated to cost nearly $19 million.
The county property that was considered for development will remain untouched for at least the near future, based on the board’s direction. The property contains an 1810 Federal-style residence, including a circa 1850 cellar house, mid-20th century garage and 20th century wood barn.