Copperas Cove Fire Station No. 4 is getting closer to becoming a reality as the City Council accepted a land donation from the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday.
After approving an memorandum of understanding with the corporation, the city will obtain nearly 4 acres in the future Narrows Business & Technology Park, which Cove EDC expects to start developing later this year.
The plot for the station is on the northern part of the property with frontage on Old Copperas Cove Road and the future Charles Tillman Way. The land donation will be finalized once the final plat of the more than 72-acre subdivision is accepted by the city.
“I know Polo (Enriquez, the corporation’s executive director,) will be glad to have this item taken care of,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said Tuesday.
The station, which will serve as a fire station and a police substation, will benefit not only the businesses in the Narrows and the Five Hills shopping center but the city’s eastern residents.
“We had a fire station location study done a couple of years ago,” said Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young. “In that study, it was determined by the consultant that we needed to have a station located in that part of town due to the amount of growth.”
There has been significant residential growth in the area, and Central Fire Station responds to the area that in the future will be serviced by Station No. 4.
The new station will allow the city to decrease call times, which will help maintain its current Insurance Service Organization rating of 2, keeping home insurance rates lower.
Another benefit of the station will be the U.S. Highway 190 bypass, currently under construction in the area, Young said.
“The bypass could facilitate that station being able to service more to the north and south by utilizing the bypass as travel means,” he said.
Estimates for the cost of the station’s construction haven’t been determined, but the city is proposing a bond election to let residents decide the fate of the facility.
“We are having a needs assessment done by Brinkley Sargent (Architects), who built the police station, at this time,” Gardner said.
Gardner said city staff on Aug. 20 will submit the bond election for the council’s approval for the November ballot.