Lexington County purchases land on North Lake for future fire and EMS facility
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Recently, Southern Visions Reality helped close a transaction between a property owner and Lexington County for a tract of land on North Lake Drive. The tract is approximately 3.5 acres and is located at 1447 North Lake Drive close to Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Southern Visions Real Estate brokered the land sale to Lexington County, representing the Hite family who had owned it.
The property is ideally located for what Lexington County proposes to build there. First and foremost, it is very close to the Lake Murray dam. The area surrounding the lake is extremely busy during the warmer months and draws thousands of people regularly. Next, even though the Lexington Fire Station is just 3.6 mile away, and the county’s Corley Mill Fire Station is about 5.6 miles away, both have mitigating circumstances that can drastically prolong the response time of emergency equipment when it’s needed. Fire and EMS units responding out of Lexington have a tremendous amount of traffic to maneuver through whether coming through town or going around Old Chapin to Old Cherokee Roads. Crews from Corley Mill must drive with extreme caution as they respond north because Corley Mill Road is narrow, winding, and the traffic on it is increasing as the area develops. It is also important to remember regarding firefighting, it’s not enough to get one truck and a crew on scene, by national standards, and for the safety of the firefighters themselves, all structure fires require trucks out of several stations arrive before any real fire attack can be made.
This purchase is a continuation of the commitment to the enhancement of the fire and EMS services the county council has made. It is their goal to reduce the time from call received to emergency equipment on the scene that they have been working toward for many years.
No information on when they may begin building on the property or an expected completion date has been released by Lexington County. They are very close to opening another station between Dixianna and Cayce that will house a ladder truck and EMS equipment and other emergency response resources.