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Image of ranch-style building surrounded by a cyclone fence and tall weeds.

This old fire station is slated to be renovated into an arts and garden center for the Natomas community. / Photo NatomasBuzz.com

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“I am just trying to dig up information regarding the status of the proposed Garden And Arts Club in South Natomas. This old Fire Station #15 is now a bit of an eyesore on our street and would like to know when we could expect some improvements to the property.” -Brian Gough

District 3 Constituent Issues representative Jocelyn Navarro shared the response Vice Mayor Jeff Harris’ office received from the city Public Works Department:

“The Garden and Arts Center is an important neighborhood reinvestment project that will convert an obsolete City fire station into a new neighborhood amenity. Building on pro-bono work already performed by a private architect, City staff have developed some very preliminary concepts and had anticipated beginning formal design this summer. However, the project has been temporarily paused due to budgetary concerns associated with unanticipated Citywide impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no finite timeline for re-starting the project, however, we anticipate that it will move forward once the pandemic is behind us.”

The old Fire Station No. 15 was located at the corner of Truxel Road and Newborough Drive in Natomas. The city approved funding to renovate the building to house a new Natomas Garden and Arts Center which will feature an art gallery, classrooms and gathering spaces.

Fire Station No. 15 moved its new location at 1640 West El Camino Avenue in early 2019.

Image of the fire station with a fire engine parked in the driveway.

Fire Station No. 15 during an open house event at its old location on Newborough Drive. / NatomasBuzz.com file photo

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