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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

County Seeks OKs to Construct New Point Dume Fire Station

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 3, on permits and entitlements the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works seeks for construction for the new Fire Station 71 located on Point Dume.
The building plans include demolition of the existing facility and reconstruction of a new station on the site.
The current fire station is described as a “very simple vernacular structure constructed in 1939 that was altered in the 1960s with the addition of a small, shed roof office area at the southwest corner of the property, and is approximately 2260 square feet.”
The county proposes to expand the fire station to encompass a total of 5800 square feet.
The application notes that the proposed expansion would not increase the number of staff but would provide six individual dorms, separate shower facilities for male and female staff, and a new ADA compliant restroom, according to municipal documents.
The station living quarters would expand from 1277 to 3500 square feet.
The plans also call for three internal parking bays for a new fire engine truck and paramedic squad car. The new fire engine is currently housed outside of the apparatus bay.
The county is seeking a coastal development permit and conditional use permit for an increase of more than 500 square feet in the commercial neighborhood zone, a minor modification for a 38 percent reduction in the required front yard setback, variances for an increase in the maximum floor area ratio from 0.15 to 0.19,  a 74 percent reduction in the required east side yard setback, a 78 percent reduction in the required rear yard setbacks, an increase in the maximum height for a flat roof from 24 feet to 28 feet, parking within the front yard setback and a 21 percent reduction in required landscaping.
The county is also seeking a demolition permit to remove the existing fire station and accessory structures, according to municipal planning documents.

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