Way forward for Fairlington Hearth Station stays a piece in progress | information / arlington
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A neighborhood course of to find out the way forward for the hearth station at a Forties Fairlington Bay has been placed on maintain throughout the COVID disaster, however could possibly be tackled later within the 12 months, a pacesetter mentioned. neighborhood.
In late 2018, the Arlington authorities closed Hearth Corridor No.7 over considerations in regards to the structural integrity of its flooring. Protection of the Fairlington space was moved to Hearth Station # 9, positioned on South Walter Reed Drive, with help from Alexandria models. The crew and units from Fairlington station have been transferred to Hearth Corridor # 4 in Clarendon.
With the hearth station unlikely to return to its unique use, “county employees anticipate to assessment the station’s recreation plan as soon as the [County] The council adopted the finances for subsequent 12 months. . . and the county has a greater thought of the long-term affect of COVID on the county’s funds, ”Fairlington Residents Affiliation president Man Land mentioned in a latest problem of the group’s publication.
The group “will work with the county to make sure that our residents can affect the doable makes use of of the location,” Land mentioned.
County officers closed Station No.7 throughout what was then described as a short lived interval in late October 2018 attributable to structural points.
Officers introduced on the finish of 2019 that the ability would shut completely as a fireplace station, however could possibly be used for different functions.
Within the spring of 2020, because the COVID disaster started to eclipse all elements of day by day life, Libby Garvey, then chairman of the county board, informed the Solar Gazette that if the planning effort hadn’t been forgotten, it was not thought of a precedence problem. .
“The method of figuring out subsequent steps is on maintain till additional discover after we’ve gone by means of the worst of this pandemic domestically,” Garvey mentioned on the time. (In 2021, Garvey ceded the presidency to Matt de Ferranti, however stays on the board.)
Asserting the constructing’s everlasting closure as a fireplace station, county officers famous that the whole load weight on the bottom ground had elevated by 60% since its final main renovation within the Nineteen Eighties. The residing quarters of the station’s firefighters are positioned straight below the switchgear bay.
For years, the employees stationed on the Fairlington Hearth Station could possibly be relied on to take part in native festivities, together with the Independence Day celebration and offering a flashing escort and sirens for Santa Claus in Fairlington round Christmas.
Land famous that the workforce at Hearth Station # 9 “continued the custom of Station # 7 of partaking with the neighborhood.”