The Loudoun County Planning Commission has signed off on plans to almost triple the size of the Sterling Volunteer Fire and Rescue building.
If the Board of Supervisors approves those plans, the one-acre property will grow by a third of an acre, eliminating an existing office building. The 8,772-square-foot building built in 1971 will be replaced with a new 23,700-square-foot facility, along with more parking and a small storage building.
The station will stay open during construction, although instead of pulling onto Commerce Street, fire trucks will pull onto East Holly Avenue during construction. According to consultant Ben Rosen, construction is expected to take about 18 months.
According to the fire and rescue department, the station houses 14 volunteers a day on multiple shifts and answers on average 14 emergency and six non-emergency calls a day. It houses nine emergency vehicles and is the first responder to an area of ten square miles.
According to the Department of Planning and Zoning, the county plans to buy the land and building, although the volunteers will continue to run the fire station.