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.

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”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.”

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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.

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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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