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Hearing set on new Elburn fire station

Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 3, 2013 11:32 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – The Elburn Planning Commission on Tuesday night will open a public hearing to discuss the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District's plan to build a new station on Route 38.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Elburn Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn. The hearing is necessary because the department will need a special-use permit to build the station. The property is zoned for commercial development and had been intended to be used for a bank.

Officials from the fire department last month told village officials of the need for a new station, saying that the current site, which is at 210 E. North St. in Elburn, is too small at less than 20,000 square feet.

The new station would be more than twice as large, at 41,930 square feet. The station would be built at Route 38 and First Street, on the north side of Route 38 and to the east of First Street. It would be to the east of Walgreens and near a group of town houses.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan and Assistant Chief Tate Haley have said the department will not seek funding from residents for the project, which they estimate will cost between $8 million and $10 million. Callaghan said the department has been saving money in anticipation of the need.

In documents provided by Haley, fire officials say the facility "will have a positive effect."

"It will reduce response times for fire and medical emergency equipment and technicians for the surrounding residents," Haley wrote in the document. He added that, "while the frequency of vehicle passage will be increased, the fire district will use every available means to minimize sound generation on site."

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