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Grant accepted for station

Safety: Fire Department’s Whites Canyon Road structure would be finished by January 2012

Posted: October 19, 2010 7:29 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Los Angeles County supervisors accepted a $3.5 million federal grant Tuesday that will be used to help pay for construction of a new fire station in Canyon Country.

The 10,000-square-foot structure, planned to be built at 28450 Whites Canyon Road, is one of five new stations planned for the Santa Clarita Valley. Construction of Fire Station 128 was delayed about three months as officials waited to hear if they would win the grant from the Department of Homeland Security, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for the middle of November, he said.

“Any change in funding needs to be approved by the county,” Freeman said in an interview. “It’s a good deal for the taxpayers, and they’re the ones flipping the bill on it.”

The station is expected to cost about $10.1 million to build and is scheduled to be complete by January 2012, according to county documents.

Fire Department officials hired an independent firm in 2006 to determine how many fire stations the Santa Clarita Valley would need in the near future, according to past reports.

Locations of fire stations are based on residential housing, with the department aiming for one fire station for every 5,000 homes, or 11 million to 12 million square feet of developed real estate space.


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