The district's administrative staff has been out of the main station for almost two years, having moved to an office building at 808 Portola Road in mid-2016.
"We're a long way from doing anything yet" on the three-acre property, the chief said. "We have to make sure that this is going to work before we sink any money into it."
The unanswered questions include whether the property has easements; whether the geological and topographical conditions would accommodate a fire station; the results of traffic and noise studies; and how neighbors would view a fire station.
The California Department of Transportation would also have to approve an exit on to its highway, Ghiorso said. "We assume they will give us access, but I've never worked with Caltrans in that regard," he said.
The property includes a flat area where a house is now located and a "big slope," Ghiorso said. The district is talking with an architect, he said.
Once the key questions are answered, the capital fundraising campaign can begin, he said.
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