Fire Tower approved by Craig planning board

Project moves on to Craig City Council

The Craig planning and zoning department board approved Monday a site plan for the construction of a live fire training tower in Craig.

The project, which has been a priority of the Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board for several months, next goes before the Craig City Council for final approval.

Craig building inspector Dave Costa said the planning and zoning board approved the site plan unanimously by a vote of 4-0.

He expects a similar outcome Aug. 28 when elected city officials address the project during its next regularly scheduled meeting.

“They’re going to approve it,” Costa said. “I don’t see why not. They don’t have any reason not to.”

Last week the fire board unveiled the new site plan and a mock drawing of what the fire training tower would look like when completed.

The training facility itself is white in color and is estimated to be 70 feet long by 30 feet wide, according to the site package. The tower stands approximately 53 feet tall.

The site package also stipulates more than 15,000-square feet of landscaping, which exceeds city ordinance requirements of 10,500-sqaure feet.

If approved by city council at the end of the month, construction on the live fire training tower could begin as early as September.

The simulator is slated for construction on Industrial Ave. behind Kmart on property owned by Craig Fire/Rescue.

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