Heeney on tap for new fire station | SummitDaily.com

Heeney on tap for new fire station

HEENEY – It’s been active for nearly 12 years, but the Lower Blue Fire Protection District hasn’t ever really had a place to call home.

Now, after years in temporary structures, it appears that the construction of a permanent fire station is finally on the fast track.

“This has been a long story,” Lower Blue Fire Protection District Chief Joe Hostetter said. “I think it’s pretty much finalized. It’s just a matter of going through the mechanics after that and assuring the money (is there) to build it.”

The station would sit on the west side of Heeney Road, between the bait and tackle shop and the Green Mountain Inn which would be across the street.

“There are a few balls in the air yet, but I would say the Army Corps of Engineers, the people involved, the Summit County Commissioners, our board – pretty much everyone involved has been quite positive, upbeat,” Hostetter said.

The money could come in the form of a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant of $250,000. Initially, the department applied for the grant in conjunction with the county. Two years ago, however, it was incorporated into its own district and would now be the sole recipient of the funds.

“I don’t think we’re in a position to state it’s a done deal,” Hostetter said. “But my gut feeling is that this time we have it.”

Summit County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom said the construction of a station will be good for the district and will offer a number of services to the community as a whole.

“It’s going to provide a community center and fire station that will be the only community gathering place in the Heeney area,” he said. “It’s really going to serve as an anchor for community activity in Heeney and that end of the county. I’m really excited.”

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