Waco: City Purchases Land to Construct New Fire Station
Feature Photo: Street view of the proposed site adjacent to the new $4.5 million Ritchie Road Elevated Storage Tank Project. Image: Google Streets.
by Art Benavidez
Waco (McLennan County) — City Council is placing in motion plans to construct a new fire station on land that it agreed to acquire during its Sept. 7 regular session.
The city agreed to buy 2.2 acres of land from LG Callan LLC for $325,000. The resolution allocated a total of $375,000; the remainder is to cover the cost of closing fees, surveying and other expenses associated with the purchase.
The land is at the northwest intersection of Ritchie Road and Panther Way, adjacent to the new $4.5 million Ritchie Road Elevated Storage Tank Project, in the northwest portion of the city.
The city also amended its capital improvement program by reallocating $89,000 that remained from the construction of Fire Station #5, which was built in 2019.
The $89,000 will be applied toward the cost of the station that is to be constructed on the 2.2-acre site. The project name is Fire Station #16.
The Waco office of civil engineers Walker Partners is onboard the project.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.