Lancaster County (PA) Fire Department has been working on building one new consolidate station for 27-year. They finally got approval and COVID-19 hit driving the cost of materials far in excess of the funds available.
According to a news story published by Fox43 television station, COVID drove the price of the long-awaited project up by $700,000 more than expected.
Lancaster Township Fire Chief Steve Roy told the newspaper the department has all the necessary approvals for needed for the construction to begin, but when the final bid was submitted in March, construction costs had skyrocketed with the cost of steel increasing by $75,000 alone.
The department needs a new station to replace two separate locations one that is at least 70 years old and neither meeting the needs of a modern fire station, the newspaper reported.
Currently, the plan is to wait and see if the cost of construction goes down or do fundraising to make up the difference, the newspaper reported.