Manteca is now exploring financing options for a fire station that will serve the fastest growing section of the community.
The City Council Tuesday approved 30 percent design drawings for the 6,711-square-foot station on land on the corner of Atherton Drive and Woodward Avenue in southeast Manteca. It will be the city’s fifth fire station.
It’s location not only will serve 2,465 homes already built in southeast Manteca that are outside of the city’s targeted response time of five minutes from existing stations, but it is situated so it will be able to serve the envisioned 1,050-acre Austin Road Business Park as well as more homes that are now under construction in the area.
And what you see built at that location will be replicated when a sixth fire station is built in southeast Manteca near the McKinley Avenue and Woodward Avenue intersection. That’s because the design for the Atherton Drive/Woodward Avenue was purposely developed to serve as a template for future stations to reduce costs.
The city has $1.6 million on hand as of June 30, 2017 in the government facilities fees account. The fees collected from growth are designed to cover growth’s share of municipal facilities such as police and fire stations, public works buildings, and city hall. They have already made it possible for Manteca to build a new animal shelter and a new vehicle maintenance facility in recent years on Wetmore Street.
The goal is to return to the council in May with funding options for the $5 million fire station.
If a decision at that time is made to secure financing to build the station it could be opened in 2020.
The department has the staffing to man the station. An additional fire engine would be needed at a cost of around $500,000.
Fire Chief Kyle Shipherd noted the department is on track to surpass 1,000 calls for service this year in the area the fifth fire station will serve that is generally east of Main Street and south of the 120 Bypass. By 2020 that number is expected to exceed 1,250 a year. Of the 1,000 calls expected this year, 300 are on the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 corridors that would be within the proposed station’s assigned coverage area.
The station features a basic “L” design with four dorm rooms, two offices, living area, exercise area, task specific rooms and bays designed to accommodate larger apparatus than the standard fire engine company if need be.
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