Greenville County Council on Tuesday will take the first step in deciding whether the Pelham Batesville Fire District should be allowed to issue bonds to help foot the bill of a new headquarters and fire station.
The 6 p.m. meeting will be held in Chambers at Greenville County Council Square, 301 University Ridge.
According to the council agenda, the Fire District is specifically asking council to give the department the ability to issue general obligations bonds in the amount of $6.5 million to help defray the costs of a new headquarters and fire station.
The headquarters and fire station would include meeting spaces; areas for training and community events; office and administrative space; crew quarters; an apparatus bay; facility support areas; and furniture, fixtures and equipment.
The Pelham Batesville Fire District serves a portion of Spartanburg and Greenville counties. The district also covers just a few square miles in the City of Greer, agreed upon by contract, said Fire Chief Charles P. Jolley.
The Fire Department’s current headquarters are located at 2761 South Highway 14, with two operating stations in Greenville and two in Spartanburg.
Jolley said the agenda item went before Greenville County’s Finance Committee last week and received unanimous approval.
“The building we’re in now, by the time it’s replaced, it would be over 30 years old,” Jolley said. “We’ve outgrown it. We don’t have adequate parking. There’s just nowhere for us to go.”
Jolley said the district is looking at a roughly 7-acre parcel of land located conveniently in both counties…
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