WHEELING, W. Va. (WTRF)-The new home for the Wheeling Fire Department Headquarters is inching closer to becoming a reality. It all started a few years back.

So far, the lot on 17th and Wood Streets has been acquired, but there’s still a couple more months to-go before construction begins.

What’s now just a nearly empty lot on 17th and Wood Streets is turning into the new headquarters.

“It’s very exciting because it’s not everyday we get to build a new fire station.”

Fire Chief Jim Blazier

The building will be all one floor. Inside, there will be more room for trucks and space for training. There will be better bunk rooms and other conveniences for equipment maintenance.

Wheeling Fire Chief Jim Blazier says this spot is perfect for it.

“We looked at several locations around the area here. Our biggest thing we’re looking for is easy access to all parts of the city.”

Fire Chief Jim Blazier

And Chief Blaizer says this spot does just that. He says it’s accessible to much of the city and that will quicken their response time.

Now they know where the new headquarters will go, there’s still more work ahead.

“We’re going to actually start to see some things happening in the next few months.”

Fire Chief Jim Blazier

This property still needs to be demolished before the bidding process even starts.

And if all goes as planned, Chief Blazier says construction should begin by late spring.

The project is on track to be completed by early 2023.