Greenville could hire a construction manager at risk for its new Augusta Street fire station this month.
Construction of the facility, which will be built on Faris Road just down the block from the current station, is expected to begin in June 2019, said Greenville Deputy Fire Chief Brian Horton.
The new station is part of a years-long effort to improve the city’s fire stations and response times. The city opened a fire station on Verdae Boulevard last year to help meet the needs of the growing Woodruff Road, Verdae Boulevard, and CU-ICAR corridor.
The construction manager would work with the architect and contractor to deliver a new station for a guaranteed maximum price.
The current Augusta Street station is nearly 70 years old, and its bays are too small to accommodate today’s fire trucks. The city has to special-order trucks to fit. In addition, firefighter living quarters are on the second floor, and there’s no fire protection between floors. The building has no sprinkler system, and the second-story sleeping quarters’ windows are sealed shut.
Fire department officials have said the new station needed to be built close to the current one because moving even a quarter-mile would create a gap in coverage since Augusta and Faris is such a critical intersection.
Horton said the two-bay, two-story station would contain 12,908 square feet and would cost $3.7 million. Site development, streetscaping, and underground stormwater retention would cost an additional $781,900. Matt Efird, Greenville’s budget administrator and interim assistant to the city manager, said the city has enough money set aside that it wouldn’t have to borrow money to pay for the station’s construction.
Once the new station is built, Cothran Properties will redevelop the current station, according to a development agreement approved by the Greenville City Council earlier this year. The agreement prevents the developer from demolishing the old station for 10 years. In exchange for the old station, the city is getting a parcel needed to build the new one.
Cothran Properties has not announced how the old station will be repurposed.