The Angeles National Forest 10-acre headquarters, based in Arcadia, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Tuesday, Dec. 11, for its $12 million new two-story, 24,000 square-foot office and other buildings at its campus on Santa Anita Avenue just south of the 210 freeway.
The Arcadia Chamber was the only entity from Arcadia to present a certificate of appreciation and congratulations during the ceremony, though City Councilmen Peter Amundson and John Wuo and Fire Chief Tony Trabbie were in attendance.
Work began in September 2011 on the project funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. The new structures at 701 N. Santa Anita Ave. house administrative offices and a training facility for the Angeles National Forest. The campus is also used for meetings with public and private entities, indoor and outdoor training for federal, county, and city fire departments, including Arcadia Fire Department, and public open houses and events.
The ceremony included details of the above by Forest Supervisor Thomas A. Contreras, Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon, and Regional Forester Randy Moore.
In addition to the Chamber, several other certificates of appreciation were presented, including Becky Cheng, representing Congresswoman Judy Chu, who officially begins representing Arcadia next month.
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