Open house set on Basalt fire house expansion |

Open house set on Basalt fire house expansion

BASALT ” Officials from the Basalt fire department will hold an open house Thursday to discuss plans to add four employee housing units and make other improvements to the fire station in Basalt.

The open house will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the fire station at 20 School St. in Basalt.

The fire district wants to avoid problems with recruitment and staffing, in part, by building housing for emergency responders. The district owns a 6,600-square-foot building in Basalt. It uses five bays in the building to store trucks and other equipment, and rents out 1,600 square feet in office space to the Basalt Police Department. The police department will vacate the space this summer.

The fire district’s proposal is to expand the building to 14,680 square feet. The expanded and renovated building would include the four affordable housing units; staff quarters, office space, storage and the equipment bays.

The district hopes to break ground this summer and have the housing ready by May 2010.

The open house is a chance for neighbors and anybody interested in the project to talk to fire district personnel and the district’s land-use planner, Tom Newland. The project also will be reviewed by the town of Basalt.

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