The projects below are planning processes that relate to 26th Street and Old Dominion. Links to the CIP project pages are provided. Additional information will be forthcoming related to timeline and community process.
The salt storage structure at the County-owned site at Old Dominion and 26 Street N will be replaced, and core services such as the mulch area, salt storage, and facilities for dispatching snow crews and installing tire chains will be reorganized on the site. Planning for the site will also establish a designated area for the potential future relocation of Fire Station 8 from its outdated facility on Lee Highway. A public process to obtain community input on the site redevelopment will be conducted.
The new fire station will be a two-story building with a total area 13,000 to 15,000 sf. The station will occupy 1.75 to 2.0 acres to provide drive-through bays for the apparatus and adequate staff parking. Fire Station 8 is a priority project that is driven by the results of the coverage/response time study completed in 2013 and timing of other community development opportunities. Additional square footage will be included, possibly above the fire station to accommodate the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). OEM and the EOC will be displaced from its current location in the Court Square West building, 1400 N. Uhle St, when it is removed in early 2018 for Court House Square development. The EOC, the County’s primary control center for major emergencies, provides critical County emergency response functions to be coordinated among agencies and provides media updates. A facility of approximately 35,000 sf is required.
In 2013, the County completed a study for desired response times to inform the priorities and demands for future fire stations. It confirmed that three existing fire stations will need to be replaced and relocated for better coverage, and one new fire station is needed. Fire Stations 4, 7 and 8 indicate a need for replacement and relocation to meet current standards, including four apparatus bays to meet current equipment requirements and gender-neutral accommodations for staff. Fire Station 8 will be addressed in an additional project with the collocation of the Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Center. Previous priorities were confirmed accurate by the current coverage/response time study, and timing of mixed-use development is yet undetermined, the notional priorities for cost and sequence modeling are (1) Fire Station 4 (the current site at 3121 10th St N is indicated as open space in the Clarendon Sector Plan). The replacement of Fire Station 4 includes providing adequate space for the Fire Marshal office (1020 N Hudson St) which is located above the fire house. (2) Fire Station 7 (the current location at 3116 S Abingdon St is too small for current standards and growth in Crystal City will be considered). Fire Station 10 (1559 Wilson Blvd.) is targeted for redevelopment that is not included; a developer contribution will fund the replacement facility in conjunction with the Realize Rosslyn initiative and redevelopment. The new fire stations will each be two-story buildings with a total area 13,000 to 15,000 sf and a footprint of about 10,000 sf. Each station will occupy 1.75 to 2.0 acres to provide drivethrough bays for the apparatus and adequate staff parking. Budget projections do not include land acquisitions. The milestones noted below are illustrative; actual sequence and priority of projects are driven by the results of the coverage/response time study completed in 2013 and timing of developmental opportunities. Fire Station 4 and 10 are tied to area redevelopment and may proceed with developer contributions. Both have a TBD date for implementation.
TriData, a division of System Planning Corporation (SPC), is based in Arlington, Virginia. SPC is a defense and national security contractor specializing in high-level systems engineering and national security. TriData specializes in public safety research and consulting.
Over the past 30 years, TriData has completed over 200 fire and EMS studies for communities of all sizes. In addition, TriData has undertaken research on a wide range of public safety issues for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), other Federal and state agencies, and the private sector. TriData also conducts international research on emergency response topics and has conducted extensive research on effective fire prevention strategies worldwide.
Below is the presentation given to the County Board on June 17, the study conducted by TriData in 2012, TriData’s review of the Routley Report in 2000, and the Routley Report completed in 1999.