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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Supervisors approve plan to replace fire station

The design for the new fire station.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a rezoning application July 12 to allow Fairfax County to replace the Jefferson Fire Station in Falls Church.

The existing fire station, at 3101 Hodge Place, was built in 1953 and is too small for newer, larger firefighting vehicles. The station also needs more space to accommodate female firefighters. 

The old Jefferson Fire Station is obsolete.
During the BoS meeting, Mason Supervisor Penny Gross said when firefighters back the apparatus into the station, there’s only an inch from the wall on either side. “This really does need to be upgraded. It needs to be totally rebuilt,” she said.

The new building will be about 18,000 square feet with two stories and five bays, while the existing one-story fire station is 14,670 square feet and has four bays. 

The first floor in the new building will have administrative offices, a day room, kitchen, dining room, and conference room. The upper level will have bunk rooms, locker facilities, and an exercise room. There will be four access points to the property, including a new one on Woodley Lane.

The proposal calls for the 1.2-acre property to be rezoned from C-5 to R-4. The Planning Commission approved the rezoning on June 29. Funding for the new fire station was in a public facilities bond approved by voters in 2012.

During the construction, the fire station will be relocated to a temporary structure to be installed on a vacant, wooded lot at the corner of Annandale Road and South Street.

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