Fire department buys 4 acres on Cabarrus Road
The Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department now has a home for its second fire station.
The department bought a vacant 4-acre site at the intersection of Arlington Church and Cabarrus roads Thursday, Sept. 27, board Chairman Jerry Mullis said at the town commissioners meeting that night. The department bought the land at 14900 Cabarrus Road for $175,000, according to Mint Hill native Robert Britt, the property’s listing agent with Meldonna Britt Properties.
A station at that site, which sits 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, 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.
Buying the property, which required a rezoning by town officials, was the first step in what will be a slow, carefully planned effort to build another station, Mullis said.
“We’re not sure how quickly we can build this station, but we’re going to do it as quickly as possible for the community out there,” he said. “We’ve crossed a big hurdle just by getting the property purchased and we’re going to move forward consciously. I would suspect that our next step is approaching the community, but that’s really going to be slow. We won’t be rushing into construction unless someone donates (a large amount) to us.”
Mullis said the new station will cost an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million.
Preliminary plans call for a two-bay fire station with parking and room for expansion as the area grows, Mullis said. The department will likely raise the money through a combination of loans and donations and could ask the town to contribute, Mullis said.
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