Newport Beach City Council Considers Purchasing Land For New Firehouse

by stephanieargyros on October 4, 2017

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Newport Beach recently announced its plan to spend approximately $4 million for a new Lido fire station. The City Council will meet to approve the 0.4-acre parcel on Newport Boulevard to place an older facility on 32nd Street.

The old “32nd Street fire station” was erected on 1953. It’s too small to meet the current needs of the Lido area and has limited onsite parking for firefighters. The garage isn’t large enough to house the fire engine, ladder truck, and ambulances at once. It’s too small to accommodate a large ladder vehicle. Two firefights must now stand in the street to direct traffic to pull the truck in and out, according to a Newport Beach staff report.

Newport Beach’s population has dramatically increased since the fire station on 32nd Street was built. Just 12,120 people lived in Newport Beach, California in 1950. By 1960, the town had more than 26,000 inhabitants. Today, the population of Newport Beach is approximately 87,000 people.

Housing prices in Newport Beach are ranked in the top 10 throughout the United States.

A McDonald’s franchise was demolished on the potential firehouse replacement site. MNG Newport Beach bought the property in 2016 with plans to build a shopping center. The new development hadn’t been started when Lido staff approached MNG with a buy offer.

The proposed purchase price of the new property is $4 million, plus closing costs of about $10,000.

If the property purchase is approved, Newport Beach is expected to begin a design and entitlement process expected to last 18 months. It’s estimated that the property construction will require 14 months. The new fire station is expected to be ready in mid-2020.

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