Loudoun County supervisors on Sept. 12 unanimously voted to sign an agreement to grow the Town of Lovettsville by 15 acres and a fire station.
As part of efforts to build a new firehouse for Lovettsville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company 12, county leaders, the volunteers and the Lovettsville Town Council also have been working toward bringing the station’s 15 acres at the southwest corner of the Rt. 287/Lutheran Church Road intersection into town.
Bringing the property into the town would allow the volunteers to continue using the assembly hall in the existing 17,000-square-foot fire station for Saturday night bingo and to rent it out for private events. The station hosted a grand reopening of the renovated facility on Saturday.
The project will allow the Lovettsville Cooperative Market to open its community grocery store in existing fire station once the county government completes construction of a new 18,000-square-foot fire station next door, planned for the summer of 2021.
Staff in the county Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure and the Combined Fire and Rescue System are waiting for a finalized agreement before they can move ahead with designing the new, $14.5 million fire station.
The annexation has been discussed for years, since town leaders learned of the county’s plans for a new station. Although the new station will feature amenities like OSHA-certified sleeping quarters, a gym and fire engine bays with better ventilation, it will not have an assembly hall. The town has already modified its zoning to allow the new fire and rescue station.
The town and county are also hammering out a water and sewer service agreement. It is expected the new station will pay more—while the current station pays the minimum in-town water and sewer rates, about $560 annually, the new firehouse will pay for its actual water usage, which could amount to around $3,500 annually. That excludes the water used for firefighting and training.
The Lovettsville Town Council is expected to approve the boundary line change at its meeting Sept. 20. Once it has, the town and county must seek approval from the Circuit Court.