County supervisors have unanimously approved plans to build a larger Sterling fire and rescue building on the same site at the corner of East Holly Avenue and Commerce Street.
The project will replace the current 8,772-square-foot building dating from 1971 with a 23,700-square-foot one, along with more storage and parking. The one-acre property will also expand by a third of an acre.
During construction, the station’s crews will operate out of temporary facilities, although emergency vehicles will pull onto East Holly Avenue instead of Commerce Street. After a suggestion from the Planning Commission, an emergency signal and sign will alert drivers to the change in traffic.
The project is expected to take 18 months to complete.
According to the fire and rescue department, the station houses 14 first responders each day on multiple shifts and answers on average 14 emergency and six non-emergency calls a day. It houses nine emergency vehicles and is the first responder to an area of 10 square miles.
According to the Department of Planning and Zoning, the county plans to buy the land and building from the volunteer company, although the volunteers will continue to run the fire station.