The Archer Lodge Fire Department held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for an addition to the existing station house.
The Covered Bridge Road location will undergo an expansion, which will nearly double their current size and increase their total space to 18,583 square feet.
The addition includes an extra bay and a half, additional sleeping quarters, office space, plus an area to decontaminate their gear.
There were numerous special guests on hand for the groundbreaking.
Focus Design Builders, LLC, in Wake Forest has been awarded the construction contract, which is estimated to take six to eight months, weather dependent. The cost of the entire job is $1,373,000.
On January 5th, Johnston County Commissioners approved the department’s request for tax-exempt status to secure a $773,000 loan to complete the work. They have secured a 2.29% fixed, 18 month interest only construction phase loan followed by an 84 month amortized loan with no fees or prepayment penalties from Four Oaks Bank & Trust. Photo courtesy JoCoFire.com