County approves fire station 32 Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Nov 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm
At its Tuesday meeting, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve plans for a new fire station in Alamo -- despite qualms from several residents. Plans for Station 32, which will sit on a 1.24-acre lot at 2100 Stone Valley Road, were [Web Link contested in September] by a group of 12 concerned citizens who alleged that the project would have significant aesthetic and safety issues.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 5:31 PM
Posted by [clarify], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Of course this is not the story!
County processes only create the overview of what must happen at the community level. Chief Price and the SRV Fire Board know that they have mitigation to achieve with Alamo neighborhoods, Stone Valley parents and west Alamo residents that would be cut off by freeway collapse in a major earthquake. This was never anything that the county could resolve and was always a community of neighborhoods issue.
Now Chief Price has to deal with Danville diverting additional traffic onto the Green Valley/Stone Valley corridor. Certainly, county supervisors and their advisory agencies are not prepared to face the politics of such traffic "dumping" by Danville.
It becomes a community mitigation without the politics of supervisors.
Posted by ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2011 at 2:00 am
@ [clarify] - Talk about a nonsense straw man argument. The least of West Alamo's worries in a quake big enough to "collapse" the Stone Valley freeway overpass is not having a couple of fire engines on the East side. A quake big enough to collapse the freeway would see massive destruction and a handful of firemen would't be of any meaningful use.
Moving the fire station is long overdue - the current location is a safety hazard.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Nov 2, 2011 at 6:10 am
Finally the NIMBY issues have been put to rest. The school traffic issue was a red herring as anywhere near a school between 8:15 AM and 9 AM is a mess. The old station was vastly outdated and Chief Price and the SRVFD are to be commended on doing a thorough job.
Posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Nov 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm
To further my clarification, SRVFire, neighborhoods and parents need to mitigate the new fire house's relationship in its surrounding neighborhoods and in service to neighborhoods throughout our region. That is not a function of county approval or any ability of CCC-MAC Alamo. What neighborhoods, including parent groups, are doing is standing ready to work with Chief Price and the SRVFire Board on making the adjustments to facilities and operation to make sure our Alamo region has superior fire and emergency services coupled with quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods and safety of students' access to Stone Valley.
The goal is to mitigate remaining issues without anger growing during the construction and start-up operations of the fire house. There are further issues to impact such mitigation including Danville diverting expanding traffic from Diablo Road onto the Green Valley/Stone Valley corridor that will specifically impact Miranda intersection traffic flow.
As neighborhoods build community in the Alamo region, it is important to discharge anger caused by development with real solutions that are not forthcoming from county departments or CCC-BOS considerations. We must expect such solutions to come locally and cooperatively. By Chief Price's responses, we can be confident that Alamo neighborhoods and SRVFire share that common interest.