The county government will likely have to move its long-planned Leesburg South fire station from the intersection of Shreve Mill Road and the Dulles Greenway, throwing into doubt where the station will be built.
According to Combined Fire-Rescue System Chief W. Keith Brower Jr., there is a gap in response time between Leesburg and Brambleton, which the station was planned to address. It was originally to be co-located with a Public Safety Firing Range on a 19-acre site at the Shreve Mill Road intersection. County staff members have anticipated the need to move the station since at least the writing of the current fiscal year budget.
The Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure staff has found that in addition to response time concerns along Rt. 15, the site only allows for one entrance, funneling emergency and non-emergency traffic, including both fire apparatus and personal vehicles, through one access point.
Another possible site has already been floated. Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) suggested using land at nearby Sycolin Creek Elementary School, where the School Board owns 181 acres. Staff members in both DTCI and the Fire-Rescue system have considered that area.
“The Shreve Mill site is strategically acceptable,” Brower said. “That site further south [near Sycolin Creek Elementary] would be strategically optimal.”
To use that land, the county would have to reach an agreement with the School Board.
Currently, the Leesburg South station is budgeted for a total cost of $17.6 million. The county plans to spend $2.2 million for design in 2020 and $15.4 million for construction in 2021, giving the county time to find another site.
The Board of Supervisors’ finance committee at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 unanimously recommended the full board direct the staff to find a new site.