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Officials break ground at new Natomas fire station

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 9, 2010
By Megan Hansen

The station is being built at the intersection of El Centro Road and Arena Boulevard. It will serve all of North and South Natomas west of I-5. Sacramento City Councilmember Ray Tretheway says the project will cost nearly $10 million.
Tretheway: “It comes from fees collected through the development of North Natomas residential homes, commercial properties, and offices. And we’ve collected all the money and we are ready to build!”
Tretheway says current emergency response times average eight minutes in Natomas. He says the new station will help achieve a goal of four to six minutes.
The station has been in the works for more than 10 years, frustrating many Natomas residents. The final hurdle was the federal government’s moratorium on new development in Natomas because of an unacceptably high flood risk. Representative Doris Matsui pushed legislation through Congress that exempts the fire station from the moratorium.    
The firehouse is scheduled to open by Spring 2011.  
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