A new bayside fire station, unimpeded by trains that periodically stop traffic downtown, is one step closer to starting construction with approval Wednesday by Civic San Diego, the city’s development arm.
The CivicSD board approved without comment the $16.3 million, three-story, 15,980-square foot building, designed by architect Rob Quigley. If approved by the City Council, construction can commence for a projected completion by mid-2016.
Located at the southeast corner of Pacific Highway and Cedar Street in Little Italy, it is to known as Fire Station No. 2. It will initially house a single engine company, Engine 201, relocated from Station No. 1 just west of City Hall. Ultimately, two four-person crews, a two-person paramedic ambulance, a battalion chief and a ride-along crew person would operate out of the station.
Other features will include a landscaped “green” roof, photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and sleeping, cooking, exercise and other amenities for the firefighters and paramedics.
The project, eight years in the making, was justified by the many delays Station No. 1 fire crews face when crossing the railroad tracks that wind through downtown. With many new residential and hotel towers added in recent years and on expected in the future, the need for unimpeded fire and paramedic service elevated the station to the top of the downtown to-do list.
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