ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Demolition is underway on Roanoke’s historic fire station 7 after days of nearby underground utility work. The station is being torn down to make way for a new station that will go up in its place.
“We’ve been waiting and watching to see when it was going to come down,” said Roanoke resident, Cricket Maiden.
The moment was bittersweet for many.
“Sometimes progress can be a little painful because you lose old buildings that kind of become a part of the identity of the community, but it’s necessary. Especially for a building that houses our firemen and women,” said Maiden.
The station was originally built in 1922 and was determined to be inadequate in size and infrastructure. The new fire station replacing it will have updated features to accommodate modern-day needs.
“We’re going to have three bays, it’s going to have individual sleeping quarters so we can have females in the fire station,” said Chief David Hoback with Roanoke Fire-EMS.
Though the old fire station will be gone, there will be pieces of it incorporated into the new building.
“We have staff on hand to start collecting brick so we can use that brick in an accent wall in the new station. In addition to that, we’re going to have some brick for a giveaway at a later date,” said Hoback.
The plan s for the new station to last as long or longer than the old one.
We’ll have a footprint that will set the stage for the changes in the fire service for the next hundred years,” said Hoback.
The new fire station is expected to take about a year to complete.