Fayette to spend $3.5 million to replace 1 fire station, build 1 new one

Fayette County Fire Chief David Scarbrough. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Fayette County Fire Chief David Scarbrough. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New sites on McDonough Road and Hwy. 92 North

Two new Fayette County fire stations were approved by unanimous vote at the March 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. The stations will be located on Ga. Highway 92 North and on McDonough Road at the site of the former Ga. Drivers Services property.

Commissioners approved the bid by ASTRA Group for $2.572 million or the construction of the three-bay station No. 4.

The station, which will total approximately 10,000 sq. ft., will be located on the site of the former Ga. Department of Drivers Services office at McDonough Road and County Line Road. Station No. 4 is currently located on Johnson Avenue in Fayetteville.

Approximately $2.4 million for the project was approved on the 2017 SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) list, though the project required approximately $800,000 in site preparation work, bringing the total cost to $3.5 million. The balance of the funds will come from the Fire Fund.

Fire Chief David Scarbrough said the new site is pad-ready.

The orignal project site, with subsequent 2017 SPLOST funding of $2.4 million, was at a different location. That site proved to be cost-prohibitive, with the county subsequently purchasing the old drivers services building.

Commissioners also approved the $2.358 million bid by BM & K Construction for the two-bay Station No. 2 north of New Hope Road on Hwy. 92 North.

Scarbrough said the new station, which will total approximately 8,100 sq. ft., will be built in front of the existing station.

Scarbrough said he hoped to see the two stations opened in 12-14 months.

County Administrator Steve Rapson told commissioners the two stations were bid together with the hope of saving money. It turned out that going with two vendors saved approximately $43,000, he said.