City Council members were split when discussing whether to focus city funds on improving the existing Williamsburg Fire Station on North Boundary Street or on a second fire station to be built in the city at its monthly work session Jan. 7.
Discussions around new fire and police stations started in 2016, City Manager Andrew Trivette said. The fire station and city’s police department on Armistead Avenue were both built in the 1970s, according to a past Virginia Gazette report.
The idea continued in 2017 when James City County architectural firm GuernseyTingle was hired to conduct a study on how best to renovate or replace the aging buildings.
Also in 2017, the city set aside $13.1 million in General Obligation Bonds to fund the construction of new police and fire stations, he said.