News Release


DATE: June 1, 2010

CONTACT: Jennifer Stone (619) 531-4766



County plans to help build a $14.5 million Lakeside Fire Station/Administration Center passed a significant milestone recently when the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) approved the center’s Site Plan Review Permit, moving it closer to an expected summertime construction-start.

The new station is being built as part of the Upper San Diego River Improvement Redevelopment Project, to improve fire protection for Lakeside residents and jump-start the redevelopment project that was approved in 1989. Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the Board of Supervisors re-energized the redevelopment project in 2007 by voting to appoint a DPLU project manager and hire a redevelopment consultant to work with the community to create a new business plan that made building the new fire station its top priority.

“This is a significant step forward for Lakeside,” said Supervisor Jacob, “not just to improve fire and emergency medical service, but also to help boost this redevelopment project, which has the potential to create and reinvest millions of dollars into Lakeside.”

The redevelopment plan will provide $11 million --- $550,000 a year for 20 years --- to buy land and build the two-story, 22,000 square-foot station. Located on 4.8 acres at Lakeside Avenue and Channel Road, the new station will replace the Lakeside Fire Protection District’s smaller, 44-year-old Station #2 in Eucalyptus Hills. Once built, the new station will allow the fire district to consolidate all its administrative services in the facility, and include space for training. The station’s first floor will house a fire engine, brush rig and ambulance. The second floor will include a classroom and emergency operations center.

Lakeside officials hope to complete construction in 2011.