The three-story building will have office and storage space, a vehicle maintenance facility, and a separate four-story training tower.

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South Walton Fire District got the green light Monday to construct a 17,980-square-foot training center behind its Station 3 fire house.

The three-story building will have office and storage space, a vehicle maintenance facility, and a separate four-story training tower.

This will be a major development that will enable maintenance and training vital to the Fire District's ongoing plan.

The construction will be a phased approach built on 9.6 acres.

Assistant Fire Chief Marc Anderson began working on the plan in 2008.

Classrooms and offices will be on the first floor with bulk storage on the second. The third floor was added for future growth, said Anderson.

"We do continual training," Anderson told Walton County Commissioners.

The new building will be located west of the existing fire station at 911 North County Road 393.

David Kramer said he shares a 1,300 foot border with the property. He questioned the times of operation at the training center and requested an ending time of 9 p.m. as most of the surrounding neighborhood is residential at the corner of Churchill Bayou. Kramer also questioned whether the property will be fenced and the lighting.

Anderson admitted the station does do training at night but not frequently.

"We won't train past 10 unless we notify our neighbors. We try to be good neighbors. We are required to do four hours of night training per year," he said. We can try to do that in the fall when night comes quicker."

Cliff Knauer owns the property adjacent to the fire station, however, and he said he has never had a problem with the fire department since he moved there in 2007.

"I support their project," he said.

The board approved the project unanimously.