A hearth station that has served South Waco for nearly 60 years is completely closed, with its crew in momentary quarters till a brand new $2.9 million facility at 4515 Bagby Ave. replaces it.
The crew of Hearth Station No. 5 has been quartered on the Waco Central Hearth Station on Columbus Avenue since early 2016, when it moved out of its longtime constructing at 2624 Speight Ave. due to restore work associated to a leaking roof.
However Hearth Chief Bobby Tatum mentioned he pulled the plug on that work final fall due to delays and excessive prices, preferring to shift the restore cash to a extra fashionable constructing in a extra strategic location.
“This was a chance to say that we might transfer the station to expedite the constructing of a brand new station,” Tatum mentioned.
Town lately spent $400,000 for a web site close to the Goodwill Industries headquarters at Bagby Avenue and New Street. Development will begin by early subsequent 12 months on a brand new constructing costing about $2.5 million and can wrap up inside a 12 months, he mentioned.
The previous constructing will probably be put up on the market, and a neighboring church is within the property, Tatum mentioned.
A 2015 examine indicated the prevailing Hearth Station No. 5 constructing was too near different internal-metropolis fireplace stations and never shut sufficient to Waco’s southern development edge, Tatum mentioned.
“This places a hearth station out nearer to the Central Texas Market space,” he mentioned. “The place Station 5 has been situated on Speight, our protection was overlapping with different stations.”
The hearth station will home an workplace for a battalion chief and quarters for firefighters.
Tatum mentioned that space is rising so quick that it was tough to discover a web site for lower than $700,000. The ultimate web site wasn’t listed on the market, however actual property dealer Jim Peevey approached the proprietor and made a deal.
“They paid a really affordable worth,” he mentioned. “That’s a excessive-development space of Waco. There are three lodges being designed, one being constructed and two new eating places on the way in which. There have been three new residences in the previous couple of years.”
Tatum mentioned he needs to verify the town makes future fireplace station web site purchases forward of Waco’s development. He mentioned the town is negotiating a cope with a developer within the Ritchie Street space for the location of a future Hearth Station No. as that space grows.
Within the meantime, the town remains to be scouting a brand new location for North Waco’s Fire Station No. 6, which is in an undersized constructing at 2800 Bosque Boulevard.
Tatum mentioned metropolis officers had explored shopping for the previous 25th Avenue Theatre web site and sustaining the façade and marquee as half of a fireplace station and assembly facility. Nevertheless, he mentioned an possession dispute involving the constructing makes that unlikely.