Kingsport (TN) Officials Lobby for New Station 2

Kingsport (TN) fire officials have recommended building a new station to replace Station 2, reports timesnews.net.

Located at 1804 Crescent Dr., Station 2 was opened in 1942 and currently houses one engine and technical rescue equipment. Officials say it’s too small for current use and is not even FDA-compliant.

The renovating cost would be upwards of $1.1 million, officials say, and the building would still be worn down.

Officials recommend the city build a new fire station adjacent to the old Legion Pool site—a one-story, three-bay structure with room for administration and the fire marshal’s office, currently located in Station 1. The estimated cost is $3.6 million.

Money for the design and engineering work is being requested in the 2022 budget. If the project makes the cut, officials say construction could take place in the summer or fall of 2022. The last two fire stations built in Kingsport took about 10 to 12 months to complete.

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