County supervisors authorize purchase of Aguanga fire station land

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a 2.69-acre property which will become the permanent site of the Riverside County Fire Department’s Station 77 in Aguanga.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote July 21, with John Benoit absent, approved the purchase of the property in the 49900 block of Comanche Court for $600,000 while also authorizing $44,850 of due diligence and county staff time costs for the acquisition.

The property on the corner of Comanche Court and Roundup Drive includes a 3,222 square foot custom residential structure. The Riverside County Fire Department has leased the premises since 2010 and has been operating Station 77 from the site. The existing structure allows for living and kitchen quarters and a multiple bay garage, and the county fire department has constructed a 960 foot apparatus bay on the property. The size of the parcel allows for expansion to meet future fire department needs.

The estimated cost to acquire a different property and build a new fire station was $3 million. The county’s expenditures include $5,000 for title and escrow costs, $400 for a preliminary title report, $6,950 for an appraisal, $2,500 for environmental studies, and $2,000 for an inspection along with the $28,000 of county staff time and $600,000 purchase price.

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