The Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc., is forging ahead in its quest to build a new firehouse on Main Street.
The organization held a public meeting last week to share the building plans with residents as part of the process of applying for a more than $12 million construction loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 2019, GVFRS purchased the former Tri-County Furniture Store, former Calvin Hotel and the former Booker home on Main Street. The buildings were torn down and the property cleared a year later.
Fire Chief J.D. Clements said in an interview that the meeting only had two residents in attendance, but it met the USDA’s requirement for sharing information with the public.
Clements said that the loan isn’t the only thing the organization needs in order to be able to go forward with the building project. Financial support from the county in the form of meeting GVFRS’s full $2.028 million budget request is also vital, he said.
“The county has b...
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