BROWNWOOD, Texas - It's out with the old and in with the new.
Tuesday morning, the Brownwood City Council approved plans to build a new central fire station.
Construction will cost nearly $2.9 million. It will be built where the old American Red Cross center was located, across from the Chamber of Commerce and the Lehnis train museum.
"The living quarters at the old station are very cramped. This will give them more room," City Manager Bobby Rountree said.
The new roughly 14,000-square-feet station will offer nine beds and larger living quarters. According to Rountree, additional amenities include a training room and an emergency management office, which the current station – built in the 1960s – doesn't have.
"More room is going to be great," firefighter Chad Hill said. "It is time for change."
Like many of the firefighters, Hill said he has mixed emotions about changing his second home.
Some people were concerned about the new location, but Rountree said this will not have a negative impact on firefighter response times to situations.
Construction is expected to start late August or early September. It is expected to be completed by June or July of next year.
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