The Los Angeles City Fire Department broke ground last week on a new Fire Station No. 67, which will be built near the Playa Vista Visitors Center on the Playa Vista project.

The new fire station is slated to be a full community fire station, not solely a Playa Vista fire station, community residents were told.

No public funds will be used for the development project. The land and funds have been donated by Playa Capital Company, LLC — the entity developing Playa Vista — said Playa Vista president Steve Soboroff.

Soboroff said construction is scheduled to begin next month and the project is estimated to be completed in 18 months.

The cost of construction of the fire station itself is estimated at $6.5 million.

Fire Station No. 67 will be at 5451 Playa Vista Drive — north of Jefferson Boulevard and near the future Sunrise Assisted Living for Seniors complex currently under construction, Soboroff said.

The new fire station will have 15,000 square feet and is planned as a new state-of-the-art facility, said Chief Bill Bamattre of the Los Angeles City Fire Department.

“We’re developing a service model for the fire department and community participation,” said Bamattre.

Mayor Jim Hahn and Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski participated in the ground breaking ceremony.

Hahn said that all Los Angeles fire stations will have an ambulance at their facilities, with one-third receiving ambulances after the beginning of the year, and the remainder by the end of next year.

Hahn credited Miscikowski — who is chair of the Los Angeles City Council Public Safety Committee — with bringing about the addition of ambulances at fire stations, despite budget constraints.

“We know that for our firefighters and first responders, the difference between life and death is a matter of seconds,” said Hahn.

“Despite budget constraints, we are putting the people of Los Angeles first by building state-of-the-art fire facilities,” said Miscikowski.

“With over 4,000 people living and working here, Playa Vista is becoming a vital community on the Westside,” said Soboroff.

“We welcome the fire department as the newest resident of this wonderful place,” said Soboroff.

The new two-story facility was designed by local architect Rebecca Binder and will “feature bold contemporary designs using decorative concrete block as the predominant material,” project materials claim.

“The facility will have drive-through apparatus bays, separate dormitories for male and female firefighters, captain’s dormitories, a wellness and exercise room for fitness training, and a community room for small public meetings.

“Modern energy-efficient measures will be incorporated into the design, with an environmental protection system to capture exhaust fumes from vehicles.

“Drought-tolerant landscaping will be featured, and a public art component will be integrated.”

The groundbreaking event began with a blessing by Martin Alcala, chair of the Gabrielino/Tongva Indians of California.

White sage was burned in a large abalone shell by Alcala, to “rid the area of evil spirits and bring good fortune to the future fire station and its inhabitants.”

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