CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Fire Department is moving its administration offices from the current station to a new building at the corner of King and Heriot streets in downtown Charleston.
"Times do change and things do move forward," Deputy Chief John Tippett said. "The building will still be here so you can come back and look inside the building and remember the days of yore, but more than anything else, with the way the department is growing, we need some more space."
CFD will move its headquarters from the corner of Meeting and Wentworth streets to King and Heriot streets, demolishing the current station and building a new station.
"The floor plan has been approved. The funding has been approved. We are out for a bid right now for construction. That should close within the next several weeks," Deputy Chief Tippett said.
The new headquarters will be 20,000 square feet and include administrative offices, one engine company, a hazmat team, sleeping space, a fitness room, a kitchen and room for expansion.
The current CFD headquarters on Meeting Street will continue to be a working station. There are also plans to open it up to the public as a museum. The estimated construction cost of the new fire department headquarter is $5.5 million. It is being paid for from the City of Charleston's capital building funds.
The city is accepting bids for the construction of the new fire department headquarters. They hope to have a ground breaking in late June with construction to last about a year.