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Fire district eyes Route 25 site for station

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District plans to meet Friday to begin the process of acquiring land for a new station, district officials said.

Board President Jim Gaffney said the district has been eyeing the former Wise-Hamlin Plastics site at 6N330 Route 25 for about a year, but it only recently tracked down the owner of the foreclosed property, a private bank.

The property is a good location for the district because it is centrally located on the east side of the Fox River, he said. Additionally, it is halfway between Stearns Road Bridge and Red Gate Bridge.

“We’re across the river in no time flat,” Gaffney said.

The district would build a station – probably in phases – on the site, he said. He noted it would replace Station No. 3, which is at 33W802 Gilbert St. in South Elgin.

Gaffney said the district wants to move forward as quickly as possible because it doesn’t want to miss out on the opportunity.

The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District covers more than 50 square miles in St. Charles, Campton and Wayne townships and also services portions of the villages of Wayne and Campton Hills. Station No. 1 is in Campton Hills on Route 64, just west of LaFox Road.

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