New Castle eyes new fire station |

New Castle eyes new fire station

John Gardnerjgardner@postindependent.comGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado Burning Mountains Fire Protection District Chief Brit McLin is hoping to have a new fire station within the next few years for the town of New Castle.The New Castle Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of an application submitted by McLin the first week of January, however the city council wont vote on the application until its Jan. 20 regular meeting.We are anticipating a new fire station, McLin said. We have not gone before city council yet since (we went to) P&Z, but that will happen.Preliminary plans for the new fire station include up to five vehicle bays, district administration offices, and could also include dorm-style housing for volunteer firefighters, according to New Castle Planning Technician Tim Cain.The new station would be located on the south side of Castle Valley Boulevard near the intersection of Faas Ranch Road.Neither McLin or Cain estimated when construction could begin saying that it was too early to tell. Its just getting started, Cain said. Its not going to happen tomorrow.However, McLin said that the time was right for the project.The time is right because the construction costs are what they are, McLin said.But there is still much to do before they get to the construction phase.Once we get approval we will go ahead and secure the land and the architect for it, McLin said. Right now its all just smoke and mirrors.Once approval is reached, McLin said that he and the city would like to hold a public meeting for input on the project. Cain agreed.Normally that would not be required but P&Z said that they would favor the hearing, Cain said.McLin indicated that the existing building would remain in use for the fire department as a secondary station.That building is approaching the end of its life, McLin said. Its not as useful as it once was, but the location is still excellent.He also indicated that they may seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new facility.

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