The New Hanover County Fire Rescue (NHCFR) could get a new fire station in Ogden if county commissioners approve the purchase of their existing station at 7375 Market Street from its current owner, the Ogden Volunteer Fire Rescue Association. New Hanover County is currently in negotiations to purchase the property for $650,000.
According to county officials the station, previously known as Ogden Fire Rescue Station 16, has been under lease since September 2009. If the purchase is approved the building will be demolished and a new station will begin construction on the same site some time after July 1, 2016.
“It’s our opinion if we’re going to invest in a facility that the county should own it,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “We’ve been in negotiations over the price for about 18 months, and the $650,000 will allow us to buy the property outright.”
The pre-engineered metal building was originally constructed in 1968 and has included several modifications during its life, but is currently unsuitable for a modern fire and rescue station.
According to a release from New Hanover County, an engineering study has indicated the station would require extensive work to renovate and meet today’s codes for building sustainability and access for the public. After researching property options in the immediate vicinity of the current building, county officials determined the most appropriate option would be to buy the existing fire station from its current owner and rebuild on that site.
At this time, county officials have not stated how much it will cost to build the new fire station.
County commissioners will meet to discuss this issue along with other county business at 4 p.m. Monday, October 5 at the County Government Complex on 230 Government Center Drive. You can find the meeting’s agenda here.
James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD