The Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department is moving forward on a long-awaited project that includes building a new fire station on Main Street.
“This is a project we have been saving up for and putting money aside for 12 to 14 years,” said Pleasant View fire chief P.J. Duncan.
The estimated cost of the project is $900,000 and the department hopes to get started on the work later this year.
As part of the project, Duncan said the department plans to turn the existing fire station on Main Street into a museum, which will showcase items that have been around since the department was founded in 1970.
“We have the original 1953 fire truck in storage and that will go in there. We also have several other items, such as original air packs, that the community will be able to see,” he said.
Several additions have been made to the existing station through the years and those additions will be removed as part of the project so the existing station will look like the original station from 1970, he added.
Duncan said this phase of the project will be done as money allows, but the initial main focus will be to construct an approximate 8,700-square-foot building next to the existing station.
The new building will include living quarters and three bays to house fire trucks and specialized equipment.
The living quarter portion will replicate the old Woodson’s Hardware. The Woodson family donated the property to the fire department years ago.
Duncan said the current administrative house on Highway 49 will remain as the headquarters for the full-time administrative staff and will continue to house the county’s ambulance.
Under the plan, the department will provide half of the funding ($450,000) and Cheatham County will finance the other half.
As The Times previously reported, the Cheatham County Commission voted in June to pursue borrowing funds on the project.
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