The Contra Costa County zoning administration approved plans for an Alamo fire station renovation opposed by some neighbors on Monday, with the addition of several conditions to mitigate residents' concerns.
Plans for Station 32, which was constructed in the 1950s, included 54 conditions that the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District must meet in order to construct a new facility on Stone Valley Road. The improved plans include several additional pages of stipulations to alleviate concerns about noise, traffic and aesthetics.
"We spent two and a half years working out the plans and doing a lot of community outreach. We held about 30 meetings in the community and we also had to have approval from the Alamo MAC," said Fire Chief Richard Price. "The approval yesterday was really about land use…and doesn't work out every aspect of the design. The more granular levels of the project still have to go through an additional approval process."
The new building will be a one-story, 9,255 square foot station to replace the existing 3,700 square foot station further south on Stone Valley road. The 1.1-acre site on the northeast corner of Miranda Avenue will be home to a total of 18 district personnel and serve the entirety of Alamo and the rest of the San Ramon Valley as necessary.
Before the fire district can submit construction plans for approval, fire district planners must develop a communications plan to advise residents about impending construction, change the color of the garage doors to fit with the neutral color palate of the surrounding neighborhood and ensure that there will be no overflow parking on Megan Court. Catherine Kutsuris, Contra Costa County's conservation and development director and a zoning administrator, also removed two redundant requirements from the plan's original 54 stipulations.
Once the fire district receives the proper permits, the first phase of construction will include removing a house that's on the site, grading and utility extensions. Chief Price said it would be at least a year before any construction occurs.
Opponents of the project have until Thursday, July 21 to appeal the zoning administration's decision to the county planning commission.