FLORENCE, S.C. – Construction continues on the Florence fire stations being built on Jody Road and Smith Drive.
The Jody Road fire station will be a replacement for the Ben Dozier station currently located on West Palmetto Street near the McDonald’s. The Smith Drive station will be a new station that will serve as the city’s sixth fire station.
The stations are being moved to accommodate annexations in west Florence that make it difficult for the city to meet the response time requirements to keep its Class I ISO rating.
The costs of constructing the stations are included in a bond issue along with other projects such as the Urban Square development across from the city center, the new baseball and track complex and renovations to the former Carolina Theater.
The construction is being performed by Hogan Construction. The stations were designed by ADW Architects.
The new fire stations should be completed by December, ahead of the city’s goal to have the fire stations operational by next January.
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I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.