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Campus Progress: Archived Projects

This page provides summaries, timelines, and links to published environmental documents for past UC Davis projects. Project summaries, review and approval timelines, and links to published environmental documents are presented below.

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Activities and Recreation Center

The proposed project includes construction and operation of an approximately 105,710 assignable square feet student Activities and Recreation Center immediately north of the existing Recreation Hall on the UC Davis campus. The proposed project also includes establishment of a recreation field to replace the field displaced by the Center and minor alterations to Hickey Gymnasium to accommodate the gymnastics program.

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Advanced Materials Research Laboratory

The proposed project includes construction and operation of the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory (AMRL) to provide approximately 4,625 assignable square feet (asf) (approximately 7,000 gross square feet (gsf)) of laboratory research space for the high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) thermal spray process facility, temporarily provide space for the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) Hydrogen Fuel Cell program, and provide reserve laboratory space for future expansion of the HVOF and other hydrogen using activities within the College of Engineering.

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Animal Care Staff Locker/Office and Central Supply Building

The campus proposes to construct and operate an 8,166 gross square feet building at the California Regional Primate Research Center (CRPRC) on the UC Davis campus. Vacated space at the CRPRC would be renovated for reuse by currently overcrowded operations. The CRPRC is located in the west campus, at the western end of Hutchison Drive and west of County Road 98.

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Aquatics Center

The campus proposes to construct and operate an aquatics sports and recreation facility and associated parking in the central campus, west of La Rue Road and east of East Health Sciences Drive. The proposed project site is located east of Parking Lots 54 and 54a, northwest of the Health Sciences District (including the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine), and north and south of undeveloped fields.

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Campus Child Care Center

UC Davis is proposing to construct and operate the Campus Child Care Center (the project) on a vacant site immediately west of the Recreation Pool Lodge and north of Parking Lot 30. The nearest street intersection is Hutchison Drive and Extension Center Drive. The project would provide year-round childcare for approximately 95 infant through preschool-aged children. In addition, the facility would provide school holiday and summer day care for approximately 24 elementary school-aged children. The proposed project would include a building with approximately 9,200 gross square feet (gsf) or 7,100 assignable square feet (asf) and approximately 10,710 square feet of play yards. The project would also include a drop-off area and provide staff parking in the adjacent Parking Lot 30.

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Campus Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion

The campus proposes to expand specific modular components of the campus' wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to meet campus demands for treatment capacity anticipated through 2013. The current WWTP is designed to treat an average daily flow of 2.5 million gallons per day (mgd), and the expansion would allow for an average treatment of 3.8 mgd. The expansion would also improve treatment reliability and the plant's ability to meet current and anticipated future effluent regulatory requirements. Most construction activities associated with the proposed project would occur within the boundaries of the existing WWTP site, which is located in the south campus, south of the Union Pacific Railroad's right of way, east of Old Davis Road, and approximately ¼ mile north of the South Fork of Putah Creek. In addition, the project would make interior upgrades to increase the capacity of the central campus influent pump station, which is located within a developed area south of La Rue Road and north of the Arboretum Waterway. The project would allow for an increase in the volume of treated effluent discharged to the South Fork of Putah Creek, but it would not establish a new discharge site or degrade the current quality of water discharged.

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Consumer Education Pavilion

UC Davis proposes to construct a new building at the existing UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC) located north of Avenue 184 and east of Road 112 in Tulare County. The proposed Consumer Education Pavilion (CEP) would be located on approximately two acres of disturbed land at the VMTRC site and would include approximately 4,800 gross square feet of building space, a new parking lot, a stormwater retention basin, and a new septic system. The CEP would include a classroom and display area, an instructor's office, an information technology control room, a storage room, a lobby, and restroom facilities.

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Electrical Improvements, Phase 3

UC Davis is proposing to construct and operate Electrical Improvements Phase 3, a project intended to upgrade and add capacity to the existing campus electrical system to meet projected campus needs through 2010. The proposed project would provide a new substation, which would be a contiguous expansion of the existing main substation on the south campus. The expanded substation would include one new 30 MVA transformer, a 1,200 amp circuit, and new distribution lines. The project would provide new distribution lines through existing duct bank from the new substation to the new Thermal Energy Storage (TES) tank site switchgear to facilitate load shifting using centralized switching technology. The project would also include additional distribution lines from the TES switchgear to the Health Sciences District switchgear, through an existing duct bank.

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Equestrian Center Improvements

The proposed Equestrian Center Improvement project would upgrade the existing UC Davis Equestrian Center by providing:

The project would take place on approximately 25 acres currently used by the UC Davis Equestrian Center in the southwest portion of the UC Davis Central Campus adjacent to the junction of Interstate 80 and State Route 113. The proposed arena would provide an all-weather practice and teaching facility. The drainage improvements would improve the water quality of stormwater runoff. The replacement of existing ancillary facilities is needed to overcome deteriorated conditions caused by normal wear and tear and by deferred maintenance. Construction is expected to take 4 to 9 months and will begin in the summer of 2006.

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Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory

The proposed project includes construction and operation of an approximately 8,811 gross square foot Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory Facility on a site southwest of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, east of Garrod Drive and the Veterinary Medicine Laboratory Facility, and south of Parking Lot 51. The facility would include two high-speed in-ground large animal treadmills, one small-animal treadmill, associated laboratory facilities, and requisite animal holding.

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Forensic DNA Research Project

For the proposed Forensic DNA Research Project, UC Davis would develop a DNA-based multi-species identification and quantification assay for forensic samples. The assay would be designed specifically for low-quality sources of DNA, or environmentally challenged samples and would evaluate the usefulness of the sample for further nuclear genetic analysis, such as paternity or microsatellite (STR) genotyping. The project would take place in an existing building and would involve no construction or alteration to the physical environment. The research project would use chemicals that are commonly used in biological research laboratories and would follow all requirements of the UC Davis Office Environmental Health and Safety related to the use, transport, and disposal of hazardous chemicals. The proposed project would be located at the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, University of California, Davis, Young Hall, Davis, California.

Project Documents

The proposed project is a federally funded grant award that is subject to review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The attached Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact are available for public review.

Public Comments

Interested parties may obtain a copy of the Environmental Assessment from, or may submit written comments relating to this Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to the following address: Sid England, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability; 376 Mrak Hall, UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616.

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Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility

The project includes the construction and operation of a new Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility in the Health Sciences District on the central campus. The building, located north of Tupper and west of Parking Lot 54, will include laboratory, support, and office space for genomics research programs and a vivarium. The project was approved by the UC Regents in November 2000.

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Giedt Hall

The project includes the construction and operation of a new lecture hall building that will include space for approximately 650 students in five classrooms of varying size. The project would be located east of Bioletti Way and west of the Architects and Engineers Building and would provide a total of approximately 15,500 gross square feet (10,800 assignable square feet). The project is scheduled for consideration by the Office of the President in Fall 2004.

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Hog Barn Relocation

The project involves the relocation and renovation of the Hog Barn building, a structure that meets the criteria for listing on the California Register of Historic Places. The building is currently located on the central UC Davis campus on a site north of La Rue Road and wes tof California Avenue. The Hog Barn would be relocated to another central campus site locate d south of the Silo Complex and north of Bainer Hall to accommodate the Mathematical Sciences Building Project. The environmental effects of the project were assessed in the environmental review for that project.

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Hopland Laboratory Project

The University of California Hopland Research and Extension Center (HREC) proposes to construct a new building and utility connections near the HREC headquarters. The building would provide a multipurpose room, a specimen collection room, two field laboratory rooms, restrooms, closets, and additional storage space. The 5,200 square-foot wood-frame building will allow flexibility to meet space needs for research/laboratory purposes as well as teaching and meeting space needs. Site improvements for the project would include an access driveway, 3 to 5 parking spaces, walkways of decomposed granite, concrete decks adjacent to the building, and a decomposed granite area around the concrete area to provide a larger area of finished surface for visiting school groups.

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Jackson Laboratory

The proposed project could develop a facility with up to approximately 96,000 gross square feet on a five acre site in the west campus, located south of Hutchison Drive and west of Hopkins Road. The proposed building would include laboratory, laboratory support, and administrative areas. It would be a state-of-the-art facility that would be used by the Jackson Laboratory to prepare, breed, and house genetically standardized mice for research on the UC Davis campus and other west coast research institutions. The project as previously proposed and approved is currently being revised. The campus will evaluate the revised project in 2003-04.

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Mathematical Sciences Building

The campus proposes to construct and operate a four-story, approximately 65,000 gross square foot (37,704 assignable square foot) Mathematical Sciences Building. The new building would be located in the core campus, south of the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, west of California Avenue, north of the Academic Surge building, and east of Engineering Unit 3. The Hog Barn building (a structure that meets the criteria for listing on the California Register of Historic Places) is currently located on the proposed project site. To accommodate the proposed project, the campus will relocate the historic Hog Barn building to a site in the central campus located southwest of the Silo complex.

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Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Centrifuge Support Building

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate a new 4,720 gross square foot building to support research activities at the NEES Centrifuge site. This site is located in the west campus near the hydraulics laboratory, west of Brooks Road.

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Parking Lot 57

UC Davis proposes to develop approximately three and one-half acres within the Health Sciences District (HSD) for the Parking Lot 57 Project (the project), which would include the construction and operation of a new, approximately 270-space surface parking lot northwest of the intersection of West Health Sciences Drive and Garrod Drive. The proposed project would help implement Mitigation Measure 4.14-3(b) from the 2003 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which requires UC Davis to monitor parking demand and to provide additional parking if the winter parking utilization rate is expected to exceed 90 percent. The project would provide additional parking in the HSD to meet expected demand generated by several new buildings that have recently been constructed or are under construction and will open within the next two years. The need for additional parking also results from the loss of some existing parking to construct new facilities in the HSD.

The proposed Parking Lot 57 would be constructed with an asphalt concrete paving surface and would be landscaped to provide tree shading. Landscape plantings would be selected with an emphasis on drought-tolerant species to minimize irrigation, and lighting would be designed to avoid upward-directed or unshielded lighting in order to minimize light pollution. The project would include a concrete entry island with a parking permit dispensing machine to serve visitors without campus parking permits. Additionally, an emergency telephone would be provided.

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Physical Sciences Expansion

UC Davis is proposing the Physical Sciences Expansion and Service Unit Park (the project) that includes the construction and operation of two new campus facilities. The proposed project would relocate existing operations and maintenance facilities from a location in the Central Campus to a new Service Unit Park in the West Campus. The new operations and maintenance facilities are needed to provide modernized space and increased area at a single consolidated location. The existing buildings at the Central Campus location would then be demolished to provide a site for the Physical Sciences Expansion project. The Physical Sciences Expansion project would be a new academic building that would house the Department of Geology and teaching laboratory space for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics.

The proposed Physical Sciences Expansion project includes the construction and operation of a new academic building that would provide approximately 52,000 assignable square feet (89,000 gross square feet). The Physical Sciences Expansion building would be located in an area north of the University Arboretum, east of California Avenue, south of the existing Physics/Geology building, and west of King Hall, the site of the UC Davis School of Law

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Physics-Geology Building Fifth Floor Addition

The campus proposes to add approximately 4,721 gross square feet to the fifth floor of the existing Physics-Geology Building, which is located in the central campus, east of the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, north of the Physical Plant, west of Parking Lot 3, and south of Roessler Hall. The addition would provide office, dry lab workroom, and computer lab space for the UC Davis Physics Department.

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Quail Ridge Reserve Road Connector

Quail Ridge Reserve (Reserve) comprises about 2,000 acres in Napa County, approximately 40 miles west of Sacramento on the south shore of Berryessa Reservoir. The Reserve is a patchwork of parcels under varied ownership, including the UC Regents, the Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy (QRWC), the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Fish and Game. The Reserve is administered by the University of California’s Natural Reserve System (NRS) and managed by UC Davis NRS.

The NRS proposes to construct a dirt connector road 12 feet wide and approximately 1,500 feet long. The proposed road would be located on land owned by California Department of Fish & Game and would be constructed and maintained by the University of California through an existing management agreement. The Reserve is accessed from Highway 128 on two deeded easement roads, one on the eastern and one on the western edge of the property. The dirt road would connect the two existing easement roads in order to provide reserve personnel and researchers with permanent access to properties in the distant northwest portion of the Reserve that are currently inaccessible by vehicle. The connector road would be used infrequently (approximately once per week) but is considered critical to the management of the Reserve in order to allow reserve access for checking site conditions and research projects at the Reserve. The proposed 1,500 foot route would follow a rocky ridge through chamise chaparral.

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Recreation Hall Seismic Retrofit Project

The campus proposes to provide seismic correction by adding tension cross-bracing along the length of the outer three bays on each side of the Recreation Hall. The Recreation Hall, a multi-level sports facility containing approximately 145,681 gross square feet, is located in the central campus, east of La Rue Road and the Colleges at La Rue student housing complex, north of an intramural sports field and Hutchison Drive, west of the baseball diamond, and south of an intramural sports field and Recreation Way.

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Sciences Laboratory Building and Lecture Hall

The proposed project includes construction and operation of a three story, approximately 142,135 gross square foot Sciences Laboratory building and a one-story, approximately 12,250 gross square foot Lecture Hall. The proposed project site is located on the north side of Hutchison Drive and east of Kleiber Drive, between Haring and Briggs Halls.

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Segundo Improvement Projects

UC Davis proposes to construct a new 45,000 gross square feet dining commons and a dormitory for approximately 400 students. The projects would be located on the UC Davis campus within the existing Segundo student housing complex area located near the corner of Russell Boulevard and La Rue Road.

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South Coast Research and Extension Center Cell Tower Expansion Project

The University of California, South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC) proposes to construct two new cellular phone tower sites adjacent to an existing cell phone tower. Each tower site would include a phone tower, antennas at the top of the tower, and an equipment area to serve the proposed tower. Each new tower would be constructed to mimic the palm tree appearance of the existing cellular phone tower and would be 60 feet tall to match the existing tower and provide the desired telecommunication service capability. At the base of each tower, the proposed project would consist of fenced enclosures of approximately 800 square feet containing the towers and up to 6 equipment cabinets for the electronic components associated with the communication transmissions. The metal equipment cabinets would be mounted on a concrete slab approximately 15 feet from the antennae tower and screened from view by the use of a chainlink fence with green-colored vinyl slats. For occasional maintenance purposes at each new site, locked pedestrian gates would be installed on Modjeska Road and Irvine Boulevard.

The proposed project would be located at the southern corner of the SCREC near the intersection of Irvine Boulevard and Modjeska Road. The SCREC consists of 200 acres for conducting agricultural research and extension activities. Most of the SCREC land is used for agricultural research and has active sites for conducting field crop or orchard research. The SCREC includes mostly dirt roads for access to the field facilities and an underground irrigation system for watering the field crops and orchard trees. Developed facilities at the SCREC include a main administration building, several supporting buildings for equipment storage, greenhouses, a shade building for growing plants, four houses for staff, a three-person dormitory, and a laboratory for processing research plant samples. Access to the SCREC is provided from a driveway along the west edge of the SCREC facing Irvine Boulevard.

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Steam Expansion Phase I

UC Davis proposes to construct and operate the Steam Expansion Phase 1 project to add heating and cooling capacity to meet projected campus needs for steam production through 2011. In addition, the project would increase the reliability of the steam plant by providing sufficient capacity to allow for routine maintenance, unexpected shutdowns, and exceptional peaks in heating and cooling demand. The Steam Expansion Phase 1 project will provide a new 150,000 pound per hour boiler and ancillary equipment in a new building of approximately 6,000 assignable square foot at the existing UC Davis Central Heating and Cooling Plant.

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SureWest Telecommunications Tower Project at UC Davis

The campus proposes to partner with SureWest, a Roseville, California, based telecommunications company, to exchange rights to use UC Davis property (for SureWest to construct and operate telecommunications facilities) for regional fiber optic connections. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a 155-foot tall SureWest telecommunications tower with ancillary structures in the west campus, located northwest of Garrod Drive and adjacent and east of the existing 150-foot tall UC Davis telecommunications tower. The project also includes construction of a single-story, 336 square-foot SureWest Controlled Environment Facility in the south campus, located west of Old Davis Road. An approximately 750-foot long telecommunications conduit would be installed to connect the proposed Controlled Environment Facility to an existing SureWest conduit located south near the intersection of Old Davis Road and the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks.

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Thurman Laboratory Improvements

The proposed project includes two improvements to the existing Thurman Laboratory building located on the central campus: renovation of existing laboratory space and laboratory support space; and placement of an approximately 2,400 square-foot temporary building on an existing asphalt area south of the Thurman Laboratory.

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Tupper Hall Phase III

UC Davis has applied for funds from the National Institutes of Health to renovate existing space in Tupper Hall used by the School of Medicine's infectious disease research programs. The proposed renovations would modernize and improve existing facilities to support modern research methods and to provide a safe and efficient research environment.

The proposed project would renovate approximately 18,500 gross square feet of existing Biosafety Level 2 research laboratories, Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratories, and animal space to current BSL-3 standards and would accommodate BSL-3 practices, equipment, and facilities, which are suitable for work involving agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease as a result of exposure.

The space is utilized by School of Medicine faculty, staff and students from the departments of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Internal Medicine (Division of Infectious Disease) and Medical Pathology whose research focuses on using animal models of human infectious and immunologic disease to better understand the disease, diagnostic tools, and treatments. In recent years, the research has focused on among other things, HIV/SIV pathogenesis, anti-viral therapies and vaccine development; vaccine development for Valley Fever; strategies for control of malaria; host-pathogen interactions of Salmonella and other pathogenic species. Tupper Hall is located on campus in the Health Sciences District, approximately one mile southwest of the UC Davis academic core.

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Unitrans Hutchison Bus Terminal

UC Davis proposes to redevelop an existing parking lot to provide a new bus terminal adjacent to the existing bus loading and unloading area at the Silo Building.  The new bus terminal would primarily serve Unitrans—the student operated UC Davis and City of Davis bus operation, but would also serve buses from Yolo Bus, Fairfield-Suisun Transit, and the UC Davis Health System shuttle bus.  The new bus terminal would combine the existing bus layover and bus loading/unloading operations currently taking place within Parking Lot 29 with the bus operations taking place on Hutchison Drive between A Street and Bioletti Avenue and would provide terminal/layover space for 14 to 16 busses.

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USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center Tiered Initial Study

The proposed WHNRC would be constructed on an approximately 2.4-acre site in the Health Sciences District of the central campus just east of West Health Sciences Drive, north of Parking Lot 53 and northwest of Tupper Hall.

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Veterinary Medicine Facilities Improvement Project

The proposed project includes construction and operation of several academic and support facilities for the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine in the Health Sciences District of the Central Campus of UC Davis.  Three proposed new facilities include the Veterinary Medicine 3A building, the Veterinary Medicine Instructional Facility, and the Center for Companion Animal Health and Comparative Genomics.

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Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory

The proposed project includes construction and operation of an approximately 8,811 gross square foot Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory Facility on a site southwest of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, east of Garrod Drive and the Veterinary Medicine Laboratory Facility, and south of Parking Lot 51. The facility would include two high-speed in-ground large animal treadmills, one small-animal treadmill, associated laboratory facilities, and requisite animal holding.

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Watershed Science Research Center

The campus proposes to construct a new academic and administrative building to provide space for campus growth in the study of watershed science. The proposed project includes the construction and operation of a two-story, approximately 9,800 assignable square feet (19,000 gross square feet) building. The new building would be located in the core campus, south of the Academic Surge Building at the intersection of South La Rue Road and California Avenue.

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West Entry Parking Structure and Office Building

The campus proposes to construct operate of a parking structure, roadway improvements to support the parking structure, and an office building. The project would be located on the central campus at UC Davis along Hutchison Drive between La Rue Road and Bioletti Way. The parking structure would be six stories tall with capacity for 1,474 automobiles and would occupy a site of approximately three acres. The roadway improvements would occur along Hutchison Drive from the La Rue Road intersection to Bioletti Way and along Dairy Road from Hutchison Drive to the South La Rue Road intersection. The office building would be located north of the proposed WEPS and west of the existing police/fire buildings.

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