Groundbreaking Ceremony For Vista Fire Stations Set For May 27

May 22, 2008

Bulldozers and cement mixers will soon fill locations in Vista, as groundbreaking ceremonies will take place Tuesday, May 27 for the construction of two new fire stations.

Erickson-Hall Construction Co. has been hired as the general contractor and Jeff Katz of Jeff Katz Architecture designed Fire Stations No. 5, which is designated as the South Melrose Fire Station and will serve the community in south Vista, and Fire Station No. 6, which is designated as the Wildwood Fire Station and will serve the community in central and north Vista.

Construction costs for these two structures is $12.2 million for both buildings and is occurring concurrently.

The projected completion date for both stations is spring 2009.

The buildings will utilize many energy-saving techniques throughout and the city expects both stations to be LEED certified.

“The two new stations will allow the fire department to better serve Vista residents and businesses,” said Gary Fisher, fire chief, in a statement. “We are excited about the new locations and the opportunities they offer. Once these two new stations are occupied, Vista will have comprehensive fire protection coverage, which will help to reduce our response times and ultimately save lives and property.”

Funding for the new facilities was made possible through increased revenue provided by Proposition L -- a half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November 2006.

In addition to the fire station construction project, other community projects supported by the voters include the seismic retrofit and renovation of Fire Station No. 1, construction of the new civic center, a new sports park and renovation of the stage house for the Moonlight Amphitheatre.