SCHERTZ — Workers finished pouring concrete for the foundation of Schertz’s third fire station, and are expected to have much of the new facility completed by October.
Fire Chief Kade Long said in late March construction on the 12,000-square-foot complex remains on schedule.
City officials broke ground last November for the firehouse at 11917 Lower Seguin Road, near FM 1518. Money from the voter-approved 2015 city bond issue is paying for the structure.
According to local leaders, the latest fire station will meet the needs of an increasing number of residents and businesses moving to south Schertz, including The Crossvine subdivision.
Many there are thankful for the addition, according to Long, who said this will reduce response times for the local service area and citywide.
“We’ve been hearing that from many people. Anytime we open a station, it truly helps with response times,” he added.
The Crossvine, a major mixed-use planned community, is one of the burgeoning neighborhoods on the city’s southern reach.
Chris Price, president of Price Companies, developer of The Crossvine, said he’s thrilled his subdivision is evolving next to the emerging firehouse, and how the facility’s design blends into its surroundings.
“One of the things that is particularly exciting about this municipal building is that it’s going to have a community room, which will be available for area residents to use for events and meetings,” Price said.
“We are pleased with the elevation, design and materials used to build the fire station and that it fits in with the design of The Crossvine. In the future, the fire station will be integrated into our town center and linked to the whole community by our hike-and-bike trail system,” he added.
Patrick Connelley, a resident of The Crossvine, concurred.
“The new fire station in Schertz is making our community better and safer,” he said. “I’m very happy with the new location because it will not only help The Crossvine residents, but also decrease call time for neighborhoods around The Crossvine, (Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph) and residents living in the rural areas of Schertz.”
For decades, much of the town’s growth occurred between Interstate 35 and FM 78, but commercial and residential development from 78 to Interstate 10 is now mushrooming.
City data shows that more than 5,200 people, and nearly 2,000 households, are in south Schertz. Meanwhile, Schertz Fire Rescue stations, on Schertz Parkway and I-35, service more than 40,000 people.
Long has said it’s the department’s goal to answer every call inside the city in five minutes or less, but currently, it takes 18 to 20 minutes from the main Schertz Parkway station to reach the town’s far south side.
The permanent third fire station will replace a temporary one the city is operating from a surplus structure provided by the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority in south Schertz.
When completed, the third station will house one engine, one brush truck, one reserve engine and 12 firefighters. Long said there will also be enough space for one ambulance and paramedics’ equipment.
Additional features will include full living quarters and personnel offices, a radio/watch office, fitness room, Crossfit area, and the community meeting room to be used as classroom space for staffers and the public.
BRW Architects, with offices in Dallas, Houston and College Station, designed the facility.
Community members may enter the building through a covered tower-like entry, where they can seek immediate medical help at the treatment room, use the public bathroom facilities, or gather in the 50-person meeting room.
Fort Worth-based Byrne Construction Services is handling the formation.
The nascent firehouse is one of a handful of projects planned in order to keep pace with growth. The city is erecting an elevated water tank, capable of storing 1 million gallons, on Ray Corbett Drive in south Schertz.
Also, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to expand and upgrade 1518 from 78 to I-10 in the next decade.
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