With the construction of a new Fire Station on Hanz Dr., about to begin, the personnel that are housed at that location are temporarily relocating to NBU’s Headwaters at the Comal facility.
The replacement of the aging Fire Station #3 on Hanz Dr. was overwhelmingly approved by voters in the 2019 bond election. Construction on the $6.7 million project is expected to begin this summer. That project demolishes the current 3,700 sq. ft. structure that was constructed in 1981, and builds a new 12,000 sq. ft. structure that will house six firefighters daily, along with three vehicles (a fire engine, a brush truck, and an ambulance). The new fire station also includes space for a reserve fire engine or ambulance, a kitchen, living quarters, a day room, and gym facilities.
In order for construction to begin, the employees and equipment from Fire Station #3 need to be temporarily relocated. The City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities came together and negotiated an agreement to temporarily relocate Fire Station #3 to the NBU-owned Headwaters at the Comal facility, located at 333 East Klingemann St. The Headwaters at the Comal is NBU’s conservation legacy project that is converting over 16-acres of land into a nature-oriented community space for research, learning, and enjoyment that highlights the hydrological, cultural, and ecological history of the region.
“New Braunfels Utilities is pleased that the Headwaters at the Comal can accommodate the request to house Fire Station #3 temporarily. Providing this temporary home, which will occupy a small portion of the Headwaters site and not disrupt ongoing programming, is an excellent example of how NBU further supports essential services being provided to our community. This collaboration comes at a time when the Headwaters at the Comal is preparing to enter the next phase of its capital campaign. We anticipate fall 2021 will bring about continued transformation at the Headwaters site with the addition of educational and community space development as the Fire Station vacates their temporary home,” said NBU Chief Executive Officer, Ian Taylor.
Over the last couple of months, preparations have been made at the Headwaters site, including the installation of modular housing and utility upgrades to make the temporary site functional as a fire station. The personnel from Fire Station #3 are expected to move in to those temporary facilities in July, with construction on Hanz Dr. to begin later this summer. Residents may also see some Fire Department training happening in the older building on Hanz Dr. prior to its demolition.
“We are extremely grateful to NBU for the opportunity to partner with them to temporarily house Fire Station #3’s personnel at such a unique location within their existing response district,” said Fire Chief Patrick O’Connell. “Because the temporary Headwaters at the Comal location is in the same response district, response times should only change minimally.”
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