BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood firefighters are even closer to having a new fire station.
On Tuesday, Brownwood City Council members approved the preliminary design of the new station.
City Manager Bobby Rountree is optimistic the fire department will have a new station to move into within a year after final designs are approved.
The new station will be 14,400 square feet, nearly doubling the current fire station's size.
"They authorized the architects to proceed with the final design of the plans and specifications," City Manager Bobby Rountree said.
The finalization could take three to four months.
"We'll take that information back to council and get their authorization to go ahead and take bids for the construction of the new central fire station," Rountree said.
Even more good news, the American Red Cross accepted the city's offer to buy the building.
The new station will be built on the existing building's footprint, after the city tears the Red Cross building down.
"It's going to be in the depot, train museum area and the decor matches the old depot, which I think will be an attribute to the particular area," Rountree said.
It will be twice the size, have a training and workout area, as well as classrooms.
"It will be very beneficial to the department, to the community, and we're excited about it. We have a firefighter committee here, and they're actually working today, getting some ideas and stuff for inside the facility," Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright said.
Firefighters are ready to be out with the old and in with the new.
Construction of the new station is estimated to cost less than $3 million.
The new station is part of the nearly $11 million city improvement project. That project is funded by the sale of Certificates of Obligation bonds approved by council members last year.
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