ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR)—Roanoke County hosted a groundbreaking event to mark the construction of the new Roanoke County Public Safety Building in the Bonsack area on Thursday, Nov. 16.

The new $8 million, 12,500-foot Fire and Rescue facility is expected to open in early 2025 to serve the communities in east Roanoke County. Construction on the new facility will begin this month.

“Building this facility will improve response times in East County, particularly in The Orchards and Bonsack area, as well as reduce demands on the Vinton station and Roanoke City Station 14,” said Phil C. North, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. “According to actual call data, we anticipate the placement of this new station will result in an 18% increase in overall fire and rescue response times. This factor is critical as it impacts the effectiveness of our department in safeguarding the lives and property of our residents.”

Roanoke County finalized the sale of the space in Nov. 2022. From Parkway Church on the Mountain. Prior to the sale, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and the Roanoke City Council approved the rezoning of 2.25 acres of land for the purpose of constructing the station.

This fire station groundbreaking represents strong partnership and regional collaboration.

For more information on the new Bonsack Fire Station, visit the Roanoke County government website.