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Initial plans OK’d for fire station expansion

Grass Valley’s Brighton Street fire station took the first step toward expansion this week, when preliminary plans were approved by the city’s Development Review Committee.

The station, built in 1974, needs to comply with stricter building standards, Fire Chief Hank Weston said. The addition, which could be completed by next spring, would add almost 900 feet to the station.

A wheelchair-accessible restroom, separate bedrooms and an exercise room will be added, and the kitchen will be updated, Weston said. A new heating and cooling system and efficient windows will also be installed.

Weston said he does not know how much the project will cost yet. Plans should be completed by June.

– Becky Trout

Soccer field nears completion

The soccer field at Grass Valley’s new Mautino Park should be ready for play when school is out for summer, said Keith Sauers, interim city engineer. The soccer field, tennis courts and restrooms at the Alta Street park are expected to be completed by July when the park opens.

Sauers said the second phase of the park’s construction, which began more than a year and a half ago, has been delayed by vandalism and landscaping problems.

The final portion of the construction – which will add a playground, trail, basketball court, volleyball court and benches – is expected to cost $530,000, Sauers said.

A public meeting will be held to introduce the second phase of the park plans, Sauers said.

Downtown parking permits available

Parking permits for downtown Grass Valley will be sold at the Grass Valley Police Department at 129 S. Auburn St. beginning March 28.

For $40, permit holders will be allowed to park in the city’s permit lots at South Auburn and Neal streets, North Auburn and Richardson streets, the west side of the Police Department off South Auburn Street, and behind the Center for the Arts.

Permits are valid April 1 to June 30. For more information, call the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600.

– The Union staff

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