March 15, 2018

Groundbreaking of new Madera County fire station and sheriff substation

Board of Supervisors and local leaders gather for groundbreaking of new Madera County fire station and sheriff substation at Tesoro Viejo

MADERA COUNTY, CA – Today, Madera County Board of Supervisors, Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney and Madera County Fire Chief Nancy Koerperich joined more than 100 community and business leaders to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the Tesoro Viejo Town Center that will feature a new Madera County fire station and Madera County sheriff substation.

“We are pleased to be a part of the new Tesoro Viejo community and look forward to serving the residents of this community and the residents of southeastern Madera County,” said Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney.  “I commend the efforts of the Tesoro Viejo Development team in making public safety services a priority from day one – we know that having a presence right in the middle of the Town Center will go far in creating a safe and secure community.”

The Town Center will be the home to Madera County Fire Station No. 7 – “Lucky Number 7” and a Madera County Sheriff substation.  The fire station and sheriff substation will be housed in a 4,600-square-foot building planned to open this fall.  A larger, permanent building will be built when needed, and both the temporary and permanent buildings are being funded through the Tesoro Viejo Development.

“This is an exciting day – breaking ground on a new fire station is not something we do often in our industry; in fact, the last time we built a new fire station in Madera County was eight years ago,” said Madera County Fire Chief Nancy Koerperich.  “We are thrilled to be one of the first residents of Tesoro Viejo and look forward to being a part of this developing community.”

The Town Center is the core of Madera County’s newest master-planned community of Tesoro Viejo, an award-winning, 1,600-acre master-planned community located off State Route 41 in the heart of Madera’s planned growth area in southeastern Madera County. Approved for up to 5,190 homes in nine distinct, walkable villages; the community will be a vibrant hub with housing and business opportunities, a walkable town center with open-air plaza, thriving industry, and neighborhood parks and schools.

“There is a feeling that is being captured here – and that feeling is one that you get from visiting Main Street of a small town,” said Robert A. McCaffrey, CEO of Tesoro Viejo Development.  “The Town Center will be the place where everything you need and desire is here – a place to gather with neighbors, family and friends.”

“The Hub” – Tesoro Viejo’s innovative Welcome Center with approximately 7,800 square feet – will feature a neighborhood coffee bar and eatery plus multi-use offices.  In addition, the event lawn will deliver an exceptional outdoor atmosphere for community entertainment and activities.

Both the fire station and sheriff substation will serve residents in Tesoro Viejo, as well as residents in southeastern Madera County.  The fire station features two apparatus bays and three dorm bedrooms to house one fire company.  It will be staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with firefighters trained for emergency medical assistance.  The sheriff substation will include an interview room, sheriff deputy office and a multi-use conference room.

In addition to the Town Center, the community’s first on-site school, Hillside School that will serve students in transitional kindergarten through 8th grade, is under construction and anticipated to open in August.  The first residential village, Hillside Village, is under way with the grand opening of the model homes planned this fall.  Construction is also under way on the on-site, state-of-the-art water and waste water treatment facility at the southern portion of the site near SR 41.  In April, construction on the resort-style community clubhouse and recreation center will commence.

“Tesoro Viejo is an excellent example of good planning and partnership,” said Madera County Supervisor Brett Frazier.  “We commend the Tesoro Viejo Development team for their foresight and planning to ensure the necessary public services are in place from day one – they are funding this important public service that will benefit not only the residents of Tesoro Viejo, and also residents in southeastern Madera County.”


CONTACT:  Samantha Bauer, 559.977.8196