Lake Villa Township and Fire Protection District officials are inviting the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for a fourth fire station, this one in the western part of the township.
The new facility is being built on township land adjacent to its western campus facility on Route 59. The township last year agreed to donate the property to the fire protection district for a new station.
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The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 on the property south of 37850 N. Route 59. Community members can RSVP to Judy Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the district office at (847) 356-2992.
Township Supervisor Dan Venturi said he is pleased that the new station will provide a more widespread level of safety for the community, particularly for residents in the western part of the community.
"We've been trying for a long time to get adequate coverage throughout the township," Venturi said. "A few years back, they built a station in the eastern part of the township in Lindenhurst, but there was still kind of a void in the western part."
The property formerly was used for a baseball field, but Venturi said it was an "overflow" field and was underutilized.
The new station, which will take up about half of the two-acre parcel, should be ready in about a year, Venturi said.