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Last updated 11:39AM ET
July 19, 2018
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Plans For Training Center Scrutinized
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Plans for a ten million dollar public safety training facility between Durango and Bayfield have been given a preliminary green light.
LaPlata County Commissioners Today (Tuesday) approved conceptual plans for the complex.
But uncertainty over funding and access to the site mean the center is still a long way from becoming reality.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Durango Fire and Rescue and the Upper Pine Fire District want to build the training center on 15-acres of land XTO energy would donate, in the 33-thousand block of highway 160, east of County Road 222.
It would be built in phases and eventually feature different facilities for fire and public safety training, as well as a fire station.
County Planner Eric Aune is concerned the center's main entrance off Highway 160 could be expensive to develop and could spur undesireable additional development along 160.
He proposed the center be accessed off County Road 223 to the North, an idea Durango Fire Chief Dan Noonan quickly quashed saying it would hurt response times and more.
The issue of access isn't entirely dead.
The center must still win additional approvals from the county.
Once that happens Noonan says the two departments will line up private funding for construction, which probably couldn't begin until Spring 2009 or later.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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