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Downtown Charleston’s Fire Station #8 will soon see improvements

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 7:39 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Technical Review Committee says downtown’s Fire Station #8 will soon undergo renovations.

The historic station was located on Huger Street in downtown Charleston but records show it is closed for now.

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Originally built in 1910, Fire Station #8 in downtown Charleston is being preserved because officials say the city considers the station a historical structure.

Photo evidence shows the original station had a steam fire engine and a chemical engine, along with the horses required to pull the wagons.

Plans show that renovations will include a “historic display” featuring an old alarm bell and a ticker-tape printer as well as some other historical pieces of the old station.

Since the building is being preserved, plans show the project mostly includes interior renovations to the apparatus bay, bunk rooms, kitchen and day room. New technological additions are also planed for inside.

That said, the city’s capital projects team says the new doors will be the primary change to the building’s appearance.

Architectural plans state the existing roll-up garage door will be replaced with bi-folding, aluminum doors like those in use on other newly constructed stations in the area. They also state that the new doors are rated for hurricane winds, open quickly, do not obstruct personnel access, and provide a view into the station.

Officials say Fire Station #8 closed about two months ago for roofing repairs.

While the city applied for a Hazard Mitigation Grant to retrofit the building and bring it up to current seismic and hurricane codes, officials say once designs are finished, they plan to apply for additional funds to cover construction.

It’s unclear how much it will cost right now.

The Technical Review Committee says they are reviewing these plans Thursday at their 9 a.m. meeting.

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