ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)- Roanoke Fire-EMS Station 7 in Grandin Village served the community for nearly a century.
The building was demolished on November 6th to make room for a newer station, but rather than throw away history, today, salvaged bricks from the station were given out to the community at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church.
It’s a piece of the history and I think people will take these bricks home and always remember what was down there on the corner. It’s a lot of history involved with how long that station was down there and what good that station did for the community, it served the people real well.Floyd Schuyler, Roanoke resident
Many shared sentimental stories while picking up their brick, and some even expressed sadness. However, those who stopped by also had the opportunity to understand the decision behind the demolition.
It was time for us to build a new, more spacious station that can now serve this community for the next 75 to 100 years.David Hoback, Chief of Roanoke Fire-EMS Department
The new station that will go up in its place will be a larger infrastructure with updated features to accommodate modern-day needs, while still featuring components of the old station.
We will retain a substantial amount of brick to have an accent wall in the station that is made, that will be made of the original brick of the 1922 part of the station, so that will be embedded into the new station, so, we’re very excited about that.David Hoback, Chief of Roanoke Fire-EMS Department