COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation approved a memorandum of understanding Thursday to donate about 4 acres of the Narrows Technology and Business Park for a fourth city fire station.
“This is necessary,” said Dan Yancey, the corporation’s chairman. “The city needs police and fire protection in the east end of town. They don’t have anything close. This will facilitate all that development.”
According to Cove EDC documents, there will be no monetary loss to the corporation by donating the land to the city for the fourth fire station, which also may serve as a police substation. However, it was noted the 4 acres of land in the 72-acre business park could eventually be worth between $850,000 and $1.2 million.
While Yancey did not discuss the possible losses, he said the station would be a benefit to the Narrows and the surrounding area.
Having the fire station located off Old Copperas Cove Road and the future Charles Tillman Way will service the eastern portions of the city well and promote future growth.
“The bottom line in this stuff, is that infrastructure is key,” he said.
The city, which is relocating Fire Station No. 2, expressed a need for the station at the Narrows along with renovating Fire Station No. 3, at 1050 W. U.S. Highway 190.
Residents approved a bond for about $4.7 million for the relocation of Fire Station No. 2 to Grimes Crossing Road and West Avenue B in November.
The possible construction of Fire Station No. 4 is expected to be put before residents at the ballot box.
Having completed the memorandum of understanding shows that the Narrows is moving forward, Yancey said.
“We are really excited that we are very close to breaking ground on the Narrows technology park, and we think that it will create better marketing for more business for Copperas Cove,” he said.