New Riverview fire station gets county approvals

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comApril 25, 2014 

— York County Council twice voted last week to help along projects aimed at improved fire safety.

Council unanimously voted at its April 21 meeting to allow a new fire substation for the Riverview Volunteer Fire Department. The department already owns the land and would pay for the project through its special use tax district, but still needed a nod from Council to proceed.

The 1.16-acre property is at 141 Grant Farm Drive. It’s a wooded lot behind Kids “R” Kids Learning Academy, just off Hwy. 160 West. A temporary station serves the area now, with a truck parked close to the highway.

Chief Sam Lesslie said Monday’s approval is the last needed approval from Council, though there’s still work to be done. Now the department turns its attention to selecting architects and builders, then working through the same planning process as any other new building would require.

Bringing on those architects should give the department a better idea of square footage and project cost, details to come in the next two months. The new substation won’t be operational for at least a year to 18 months.

“We’ve got a bunch of hurdles to go through,” Lesslie said.

The building likely will have four bays and office space. Lesslie said his department isn’t looking at anything like the main stations in Fort Mill or other municipalities, but something that will serve a growing area.

“Even a substation nowadays is pretty expensive,” he said.

John Marks •  803-547-2353

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