Construction has begun on the new Fire Station 104 site at Golden Valley Road and Newhall Ranch Road.
The station will be 10,500 square feet and in full service by the end of 2019, said Stephanie English, justice deputy for Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
“With major construction like that, end dates can vary,” English said. “What we’re looking at is the end of the year 2019.”
The project cost is estimated to be $14 million. Construction officially began on April 23, English said.
The old station location was at 26201 Golden Valley Road, which is now the construction site of the planned new Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
After closing April 9, Fire Station 104 temporarily relocated to Fire Station 150. Fire Station 150 is located at 19190 Golden Valley Road, which is why it was chosen as the closest permanent station with the room and resources to temporarily hold firefighters from No. 104, said Assistant Fire Chief Anderson Mackey.
“Supervisor Barger’s office has overseen the addition of new fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley, and will continue to do so with the installation of the new permanent Fire Station 104 next year,” Barger spokesman Tony Bell said in April. “We are looking forward to improved and enhanced services with this new fire service station in 2019. We have full confidence in the fire station’s ability to maximize responses and effectiveness.”
Construction was originally slated to begin in June 2018. Fire officials initially planned to have the fire station ready “in early 2019,” according to a 2016 report in The Signal.
The new building will be bigger and able to accommodate as many as seven firefighters, if the city’s growth eventually calls for that many to be deployed. Fire officials said initially the new facility would be manned with the same number of firefighters as the current station — four.