Cherokee County Fire Station 18 on Salacoa Road is due for a major renovation, and the county has hired an architect to draw up the plans. GOOGLE MAPS

Cherokee OKs design contract for firehouse renovation

Cherokee County has retained an architect to draw up plans to renovate Fire Station 18.

The Board of Commissioners approved a $22,500 professional services agreement with KRH Architects Inc. to provide architectural and engineering services for the Cherokee Fire & Emergency Services station on Salacoa Road in the far northwest corner of the county.

The facility is in need of major renovations to be brought up to current building codes and National Fire Protection Association standards, staff said in a report to commissioners.

“The design will result in an approximate 2,400-square-foot addition to include two engine bays, a decontamination room, a gear room with lockers, an exercise and safe room, and storage,” staff said. “Additionally, the driveway will be relocated, and the current building will be redesigned to include bunk rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and office.”

The design phase of the project is expected to be finished in the next three months, with construction completed in early 2020.

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