James City-Bruton’s New Fire Station Nearly Complete

JAMES CITY — Not far from the almost half-century old fire station is rising a $6.3 million replacement that will soon become the department’s new home. The building should be ready by December.

“This building is absolutely on its last legs, so we’ll be happy to get into the new building,” said Phillip Murdock, president of the volunteer department.

Settling problems and water intrusion have plagued the fire station in recent years. When cold wet weather arrived early last week, Murdock pointed to a large trash can in the apparatus bay that was more than half full thanks to a steady leak in the roof. He added that noticeable drafts aren’t uncommon either.

In 2012, the building was identified as a critical need following an engineering analysis that pointed to numerous issues. After discussions of a new facility began, Volunteer Chief David Nice said building a new fire station was determined to be more cost effective than repairing the current one, which was constructed by the volunteers without taxpayer money.

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