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Fire district plans for new station

CAMPTON HILLS – The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District hopes to occupy a new station off Route 25 by this fall.

Monday, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition of the former Wise-Hamlin Plastics site, 6N330 Route 25.

"We have come to an agreement with the bank," President Jim Gaffney said, noting the purchase price is $150,000 as is.

MTI Construction Services will serve as the project's construction manager. McGee Architects will handle the design and engineering.

The 2.2-acre site will require demolition and construction work, Gaffney said. He said the goal is to move in by October or November.

He did not say how much the project is anticipated to cost.

This station will replace Station No. 3 along Gilbert Street in South Elgin. Not only will the Route 25 location bring the station within the district's boundaries, he said, but it will also put services closer to residents.

"We're right in the middle of their community now," he said.

Chief Greg Benson also noted the geographical benefits in his monthly report. Firefighters recently responded to a fire in Valley View, he said, adding the proposed station site is less than a mile from that residence.

Firefighters have gone door-to-door notifying nearby residents about the fire district's plans, Benson said. So far the support has been "very supportive," he said.

"The door-to-door really paid off," Gaffney said.

The fire district must apply to Kane County for an amendment to the planned development, district attorney Ken Shepro said. An approval from the county board could happen in June, he said. Fire district officials met with county representatives Monday.

"It was a very positive meeting this morning," Shepro said.

Long-term, the fire district is also considering a future station at Crane and Bolcum roads across from Primrose Farm. Though this station is years away, the board approved a motion agreeing to share costs with Fine Line Creative Arts Center for a roadway upgrade. It is contingent upon an agreement for property acquisition with the site's owner.

The district serves more than 50 square miles in St. Charles, Campton and Wayne townships and portions of the villages of Wayne and Campton Hills. Its other station is in Campton Hills on Route 64, just west of LaFox Road.

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