Last month, King George Supervisors approved the purchase of a 3.15-acre lot in Dahlgren for a new station for Fire and Rescue Company 2.
For $340,000, the County is getting a lot on the corner of Windsor Drive and Rt. 301, giving the station “a spot at a major intersection,” Board Chairman T.C. Collins pointed out.
“Amen, it’s about time,” he said.
Fire Chief David Moody agreed that it has indeed been a long time in the making.
In 2016, the Board authorized County staff to proceed with all means necessary to locate a site in proximity to the intersection of Rt. 301 and Windsor Drive. For many years, the search has been underway. Several potential sites have been considered, but it is only recently that the County has been able to announce a purchase agreement for a site that is suitable to replace and expand the Company 2 fire and rescue mission.
Currently, the Dahlgren operations are on Rt. 206, and the fire and rescue crews operate from separate buildings. The property the County is now acquiring is the open lot east of Four Seasons Daycare Center, placing the new station between that business and Rt. 301.
“It’s no secret our county is growing. Our mission and our demand is growing,” said Moody. “The need for a new Company 2 fire and rescue station in Dahlgren is inherently important.”
Moody said they have been working with the seller, Oakland Baptist Church, on this deal for over 3 years. “We finally were able to reach an agreement on this property. This is going to serve the County and the Dahlgren District for many, many years to come,” said Moody.
There are a lot of strategic advantages of having a fire and rescue station in this location, he noted. Supervisor Cathy Binder agreed calling it “a good location that will service the area well.”
Noting that there has been controversy in the past, Binder asked for clarification on whether the property was being acquired from “a willing seller.”
“Absolutely, willing seller,” said Moody. He said they have developed a great partnership with the church and their leadership team. “It’s a willing seller and not any type of government domain or imminent domain issue,” he added.
Binder also noted that the design of the new station is made to be able to shift to Company 4 in the Shiloh District, which she represents. The station will be able to put a ladder truck in it and have a helipad, “which is vital down there.”
Moody confirmed that noting that this is the site they’re typically using now when helicopters are landed.
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