Manassas Park rescue station on track

Plans are progressing for a new fire and rescue station to serve the residents of Manassas Park.

It will be on a 1.5 acre site at the intersection of Manassas Drive and Euclid Avenue, next to the 7-Eleven convenience store.

A sign notifying the public of the project was erected on the site last week.

“The proposed new building will provide more efficient and adequately-sized facilities for the firefighters and [emergency medical service] personnel,” said Chief Rick Grove.

The new facility, he said, will provide three drive-through bays for the fire trucks and rescue vehicles, various support and administrative space, shower and sleeping spaces, locker rooms, exercise and training rooms and a kitchen and dining area.

The brick structure is expected to cost about $1.8 million and will be financed by the City of Manassas. Construction work is expected to begin in May with a completion date of about one year.

Formed in 1965, the company has been sharing a building with the police department since 1988. The police department will expand and take over the entire structure when the fire company moves into its new facility.

The department presently has 5,000 square feet in that building. The new station will give them 12,800 square feet total.

A median break crossover for exiting emergency vehicles only will be built in the existing median on Manassas Drive.

Construction bids for the project are expected by the end of March, with the awarding of the contract in April. Ballou Justice Upton are the architects.

“The location will give us easy assessability to both the old section of Manassas Park and the new developments taking place,” said Grove.

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