ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The doors to the new Roanoke Fire-EMS Station 7 are set to open Wednesday after more than a year-and-a-half of construction.
Roanoke Fire-EMS is holding a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to celebrate the new building.
The new facility took six years of planning and more than 18 months to build.
In November 2020, Chief David Hoback said there would be aspects of the old station within the new building.
“This station does reflect the old station,” he said. “From the brick and how the brick was laid out. The doors are a little bit different. The doors on the front are the bi-fold doors. They don’t go up and down. They actually accordion out, which is a more efficient and less maintenance door. We put those on the front. They’re very nice and I think they really add to the architectural warmth of the station to fit the Raleigh Court community.”
The new building will replace the old station that served the Grandin Village community for more than 90 years. However, there will be some historic differences in the new facility.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, for the first time, there will be individual bunks and restrooms to accommodate female firefighters for long term stays.
There will also be a new washroom and gym, as well as more space fore firetrucks. The new building has 12,000 more square footage than the old one.
Hoback said these changes were necessary.
“That really does my heart good,” he said in June 2020. “It’s not just me. It’s the people within the organization that had those visions of what this station needs to look like, how we need to carry forward the character of the old station into the new station, and what we need to make sure of that this station will serve the community for the next 75 to 100 years.”
According to Hoback, the new building also has bricks and other characteristics from the old facility.
Two dozen firefighters will be assigned to the new facility.
The Roanoke City Council approved more than $5 million for the new station in spring 2019.