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Project Spotlight: Fire Station 50 

With its groundbreaking on April 4, Fire Station 50 is the latest project to start construction in the Shift area – which includes both the University City and La Jolla neighborhoods. The new station, located on the southeast corner of Nobel Drive and Shoreline Drive, will work in tandem with Fire Station 35 to reduce emergency personnel response times in the local area. 

Currently in the design and permit phase, the anticipated completion date for Fire Station 50 is slated for some time in late Summer or Fall 2020.

The 12,600-square-foot station will include a new emergency traffic signal, public lobby access off Nobel Drive, efficient storm water design, solar panels, screened parking areas, drought tolerant landscaping, habitat revegetation and brush management zones.

“According to fire personnel, University City and the surrounding areas have seen rapid growth over the past several years,” said Fire Station 50 Project Manager Jim Summers. “By adding Fire Station 50, not only will response times to emergency calls in the immediate area decrease, but the work of the San Diego Fire Department will also be enhanced by bringing in more firefighters and better promoting service unity among all stations. We look forward to keeping the community informed of the project’s progress and any impacts to commuters in the area through localized notifications and the Shift program.”

The three-story station will have three apparatus bays located on the first floor, with fire trucks entering the station from Shoreline Drive and exiting onto Nobel Drive. It will also house a communal living space, including a kitchen, dining area and ready room located on the top floor, and a large outdoor terrace. This area will serve as a highly functional space for the firefighters, who are part-time residents.

Construction will largely be contained to the site for the future station, but the following work may create impacts to the public: establishing connections to the existing sewer line, installation of the emergency traffic signal and modifications to existing median to allow the engines to access westbound Nobel Drive quickly.

Be sure to sign up for the Shift e-newsletter or follow us on Twitter at @ShiftSanDiego for updated construction schedules. You can also find construction updates for Fire Station 50 and other current projects in the Shift area by visiting the Shift Construction Map.

What is Shift? The Shift program, formed by the San Diego Association of Governments, is designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters impacted by construction in the University City/La Jolla neighborhoods with information and resources to minimize disruption, confusion and potential traffic challenges.

You can check out coverage of the fire station groundbreaking held on April 4 here:

Rendering of future Fire Station 50