By early 2012, the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department could begin construction on its second fire station.
The department is eyeing a vacant 4-acre site at the intersection of Arlington Church and Cabarrus roads. A station at that site, which sits at 14900 Cabarrus Road inside the town limits, will enable the department to provide faster service to a part of town where Midland firefighters are often the first to arrive in emergencies, department board Chairman Jerry Mullis said previously. The addition of a fire station in that area would bring insurance ratings up one level to a 5, the rating the rest of the town enjoys, he said.
But before construction can begin, the residential zoned property will need a conditional zoning approval from town commissioners. The fire department board also is requesting town approval of a site plan and elevations and is seeking a waiver to a town code that prohibits the use of metal siding and metal frame storefront windows. The board held a public hearing Thursday, July 12 where eight people spoke for the project and four spoke against, Town Clerk Beth Hamrick said. Commissioners could vote on the proposal during their Aug. 16 meeting.
Preliminary plans call for a two-bay fire station with parking and room for expansion as the area grows. The department will likely raise the money through a combination of loans and donations and could ask the town to contribute, Mullis said.
Find more information online about the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department at www.minthillvfd.com or call 704-545-4866.