This Willow Glen Resident Article article says the property is currently set aside for park use only. Why don’t they keep #6, plan to build a smaller station, and use the money saved to buy available property at a better location?
The location, size and availability of the parking lot adjacent to Willows Senior Center at 2175 Lincoln Ave. have made the property San Jose’s top choice to build a new fire station in Willow Glen.
The city already owns the land, which means the department doesn’t have to wait for a willing seller or spend an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million to purchase new land. “We are at the end of the line as far as funds available to buy property,” Bohn said, adding that purchasing land would hinder other projects.
Construction of Station No. 37 is estimated to cost $6.2 million. Shifting resources to South Willow Glen would reduce service levels in the area directly west of Cherry Hill up to Leigh Avenue, Bohn added.
The Willows property is currently set aside for park use only. As a result, voters would have to approve it as a site for the fire station. The earliest the project would be put on the ballot is November, Bohn said.
The Big Tree, an Incense Cedar. Traffic at the Curtner & Lincoln.
Meeting started on time at 6:30 and lasted until after 8 PM. Tom Bohn, Deputy Director at City of San Jose, made the presentation.
The money to tear down Station #6 and build this one is coming from the Library Bond Measure “O”. It provides $6.4 million to build brand new fire stations. $800 will come from selling the old #6 Fire Station land to developers. It was stated that the money is not allowed to be used for anything else.
More research is planned before this becomes reality. Risk, Hazard and Value Evaluation, or RHAVE, is the program expected to show the impending effect of Signal Pre-emption, the technology allowing emergency vehicles to get through traffic signals faster.
It was stated that no evidence was found that having a fire station built next door to a property had any effect on its value.
The issue of noise pollution was avoided completely until questioned about it, and even then with evasion. Apparently, noise pollution is a sore spot with proponents, too.
The city wants to move a fire station from Minnesota to our neighborhood. I’m concerned about the noise. There’s a community meeting tomorrow night. We are going.
Should San Jose move Fire Station #6 off of Minnesota/Cherry to Lincoln/Curtner?
Please join the City of San Jose Fire Department for an overview and community discussion regarding a new Fire Station proposed to be located adjacent to the Willows Senior Center.Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6:30 p.m.Willows Senior Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave.