Shawnee Fire Hall Progress Continues

DECEMBER 11, 2002

By Stephanie M. Mangino
The Winchester Star

The new home of Shawnee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company is slowly coming to life.

The majority of the facility’s steel shell is finished, and the building is expected to be complete in mid-April, said Robbie Bailey, the company’s vice president.

Ricketts Construction Co. of Winchester is assembling the 29,000-square-foot structure.

The entire project, which includes the construction of 600 feet of Valor Drive (the official address of the company), will cost around $3 million, Bailey said.

The building was originally expected to open in January 2003, but design matters and wet weather pushed back the work schedule, Bailey said.

Shawnee owns the 4-acre site, which was donated by Dennis Molden of Molden Real Estate in exchange for the fire company paying for construction of the road.

The finished building will feature three separate but connected facilities — a bingo hall, apparatus bays, and crew quarters.

BB&T Bank financed about $2 million of the project’s cost, which the fire and rescue company intends to pay back in about seven years, Bailey said.

The company expects that fund-raising activities — primarily bingo games — will bring in the remaining $1 million, he added.

The company’s current home, at 2333 Roosevelt Boulevard, is for sale. The existing station is not listed with a Realtor, but Bailey said the company is negotiating with a potential buyer.

The Roosevelt Boulevard facility and its land, owned by the fire company, have an assessed value of $685,100, according to figures from the Winchester City Assessor’s Office.