ALAMO (KCBS) – Fire stations are welcomed in most communities because they represent protection and safety. In the Contra Costa County town of Alamo, at least one resident is trying to prevent a new station from being built.

Resident Diann Tilley Christensen appealed a county decision, approving a land-use permit for this project.Fire Station #32 has caused quite a ruckus in town.

”When we bought our home the site of the proposed fire station was a residential home,” said Tilley Christensen. “Had it been a fire station, our purchase price would have reflected that.”

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

She told county supervisors the project has already had a negative impact on property values, and that the new fire station would create traffic congestion.

However, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price says the new station would be in a prime location.

”It’s in the bulls eye dead center of Alamo at a controlled corner of a major east-west and north-south thoroughfare,” said Price.

Chief Price says the station would cover a little more than one-acre and it would be about a half-mile from the old station which was built in the 1950’s.

The Christensen’s appeal was denied.

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