Snowmass town council approves new fire station, interim site
The Aspen Times
The Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District on Monday checked the final box toward securing both its short- and long-term future.
At a Town Council meeting Monday night, the elected officials approved a resolution permitting the district to move forward with two plans: proposals for a new station at its existing site and the temporary facility at the Rodeo Lot.
“We’re excited to get going,” project consultant Tom Newland said to The Aspen Times after the meeting.
The fire district intends to demolish its station at 5275 Owl Creek Road around mid-April, Newland said Monday.
The new station will be about 4,000 square feet larger than the current one, he said, jumping from 18,000 square feet to around 22,000.
“Most of that addition is in the form of bays for fire trucks,” Newland said, as well as increased space for equipment storage and administrative offices.
A property tax will primarily fund construction of the new firehouse, which is estimated at about $17 million, according to Newland.
In the meantime, an interim fire station will occupy approximately 10,000 square feet, or almost 11 percent, of the 108,000-square-foot area Rodeo Lot.
The council approved a memorandum of understanding between the town and the fire district allowing an interim fire station on the Rodeo Grounds, which the town owns, exactly one month ago.
Since then, the project team purchased the 4,200-square-foot, tan-colored tent that will house the temporary site.
Newland told the council Monday that it cost more to lease the tent than to buy it.
For more on the fire district’s future plans, check the Snowmass Sun on newsstands and online (www.snowmasssun.com) Wednesday.
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