The Arlington County Board may soon continue with its plan to redevelop the Fire Station 8.
The County Board, which will meet next week on Tuesday is set to vote on awarding several contracts for the project to replace the Hall’s Hill fire station with a new, 15,000-square-foot facility. For years the station, located at 4845 Lee Highway, has been slated for a facelift with the Board approving a $1.1 million contract to begin the design and planning process this past winter.
During next week’s meeting, members will consider giving a contract for the design of the temporary station used while Station 8 is under construction to the same firm designing the permanent Fire Station 8, LeMay Erickson Wilcox.
The meeting will also see members discuss awarding another contract to D.C.-based construction MCN Build, Inc. to build the new station. The plans to construct the temporary station involved knocking down two homes at 2211 and 2215 N. Culpeper Street — demolition work that began last fall. The homes had been earmarked for use as a staging station area three years ago when the county bought the land for $1.6 million.
The station celebrated its 100th anniversary this year marking the legacy of the station which was the firehouse in the once segregated Arlington that served the historically African-American Hall’s Hill neighborhood.
The fire department had originally asked for the fire station to be moved further north to reduce response times in residential areas of far northern Arlington. But, the Board decided to keep the new station on the same site in 2016 in anticipation of more growth along Lee Highway.