New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | August 14, 2020

New Kent County takes ownership of old PFVRS building

By Andre Jones | July 14, 2020 10:19 pm
The Providence Forge Volunteer Rescue Squad building is now under the ownership of New Kent County.Andre' Jones photo

The Providence Forge Volunteer Rescue Squad building is now under the ownership of New Kent County.

Andre' Jones photo

After two years of vacancy, a former fire station will now be in possession of New Kent County.

Former charter and founding members of the Providence Forge Volunteer Rescue Squad agreed to transfer ownership of the building located off Pocahontas Trail in Providence Forge to the county.

“We have been working on this for over two years,” said District 4 representative Ron Stiers, who represents Providence Forge. “It’s been a long process and as of last night, the building was turned over to us.”

Receiving the blessing from charter members Wimpie Isgett, Richard Morris, and F. W. “Wakie” Howard Jr., the group addressed the county and the desire to see the building put to good use. Isgett thanked Stiers for the negotiations, while Howard commented that his father, the late Dr. F. W. Howard Sr. (who donated the land for the construction of the building) would be proud of the situation. For Morris, he talked about the emotional connection to the facility.

“A lot of work went into this 50 years ago,” Morris said. “I hope the county can do something with it. I want to see this property be used at least as a community building.”

Board members unanimously approved accepting the property and building, valued at $746,700. No immediate plans of what the facility will be used for has been revealed as of this time.