10/11/11 125 W, 1 I - + 9 - 7 Bay Leaf Fire Department Coming Soon

This architectural rendering was displayed Sunday during Bay Leaf Fire Department's open house at Station 1. That's the planned reconstruction of their 28-year old station. The architect is Stewart Cooper Newell. The architect's web site notes that building will include an outdoor deck that doubles as a training platform, six individual sleeping rooms, and four apparatus bays.

Groundbreaking for the $3.6 million facility is planned for the spring, as was noted in the last Fire Commission meeting, with a one-year construction period. Get ready for that rarest of animals in Wake County, a fire station with fire poles! (The others are Raleigh 1, 3, 6; Apex 3, 4; planned Cary 8. Did we miss any?) See more photos from the Sunday open house. Click to enlarge:

Apex 4 has a pole?
PGtruckie (Email) - 10/11/11 - 23:38

Only Apex Station 3 has a pole.
Jeff - 10/11/11 - 23:49

Thanks for the correction. I was adding a pole to my memories of the station’s second floor storage space, http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2009-0..
Legeros - 10/12/11 - 07:26

Why only 4 bays? What about the rest of the apparatus, boats?
NEEDED? - 10/12/11 - 08:56

Why isn’t their planned station five-bays, six-bays, seven-bays, eight? Lot size isn’t large enough for a bigger building footprint, for starters. Hey, but that’s a great trivia question! How many five- or six-bay stations have been built around the Carolinas?
Legeros - 10/12/11 - 09:33

Wake Forest #1 has 6, both Wake-New Hope houses have 5, Bay Leaf #3 has what 8?, Apex #1 has 7, Hopkins has 5, Wendell #1 has 5, Rolesville has 6, Fuquay #1 has 5, Garner #2 has 5.

In Harnett County, Northwest Harnett has 6 (beautiful house BTW), Summerville has 5, Angier has 6, Benson has 6

I’m sure there’s others I can’t remember off the top of my head…
shevais - 10/12/11 - 10:17

Mike’s link to the Fire Commission presentation (above) explains the restrictions on the land and the required choices/limitations for construction.
A.C. Rich - 10/12/11 - 10:21

Is this new station got drive through because some of the listed stations above are not drive through bays.
911 - 10/12/11 - 13:20

Anyone else think that there might be a station or two that could use replacement/relocation a little more than Bay Leaf? I appreciate that Falls is merging with WFFD and will eventually lose their station but they could probably use a new station, even if moved toward Wake Forest, a little more than Bay Leaf. Just an observation from driving around the county and city.
Dan - 10/12/11 - 19:55

I would tend to agree with Dan. Especially not such an expensive station, $3.6 million seems like a whole lot for one station for one department. I feel like a more reasonable station could be built for about half of that, and then you could build another station as well.
Brian - 10/12/11 - 20:00

Regarding the bays of Bay Leaf’s station, the building is planned with three drive-through bays, and one half-bay. So I guess that makes the thing a seven-bay station, ultimately? This document contains a building diagram on page 13, http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..

Regarding the calculus that computed the project’s worthiness, if you will… that’ll take someone a little more informed that myself, and who can explain the many factors that came into play. From current and project volumes, to geographic concentration of those calls, to facility limitations/needs of the department, to land use/availability, and more.
Legeros - 10/12/11 - 20:09

Would have been $600,000 or less had it been a metal building with a brick face like the more economical leaders in the County design. Time to take away the fire commissions checkbook.
Leroy - 10/14/11 - 17:21

All new fire facilities are owned by Wake County and it is their design and specification that is used. The Fire Commission has nothing to do with a “check book” – the check book resides at the county commissioners. See Mike’s previous post information on the Fire Commission. It may help with understanding. http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog..
A.C. Rich - 10/14/11 - 17:36

Northwest Harnett’s station, yes, looks very nice, via the architect’s site, http://www.bobbitt.com/projects/fire_res..
Legeros - 10/15/11 - 11:18

I am willing to bet, since the county commissioners deal with money issues. They are getting the such and expensive station because those commissioners live in their district. Why can’t you save millions and just add on? Must be nice to have high ups in your pocket!
salterson - 10/15/11 - 12:00

I am entirely satisfied with the logic of the decisions made in regard to this project, as I have observed over the years that it has been underway. Guess we’ll close this topic for now, and preemptively stop more pot shots. Mail me with concerns. Thanks for reading.
Legeros - 10/15/11 - 12:21