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June 27, 2014

Nederland council tours Nagel complex

NEDERLAND — Rainy weather this week has slowed down roof work on the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex while inside work goes as scheduled.

A group of officials with the City of Nederland including some council members, city staff and the city’s economic development corporation met with Dohn LaBiche, project architect with the LaBiche Architectural Group Inc. to tour the soon-to-be-completed facility on Friday.

The multi-purpose building, located at 1400 Boston Ave., underwent major changes in the past year with the renovation and improvement of the existing police station and the construction of a new fire station, as well as renovating the emergency operations center.

LaBiche led the group through the approximate 20,000 square-foot facility, noting windows that can withstand 150 mph winds, energy efficient lighting and offices as well as dorms in the fire station section and larger bays for fire engines.

“There are three, double bays which can accommodate six pieces of equipment,” City Manager Chris Duque said.

The doors to the bays will be stronger then the past bay doors which were damaged during hurricanes in 2005 and 2008.

A tower is under construction at the front of the fire station area which will be used to hang hoses and for rappel training.”

Previously the fire hoses were laid out horizontally along the nearby street in order to dry.

The building will also serve as an emergency operations center and features areas for staff to sleep, eat and shower.

“This is where we’ll be during a natural disaster,” Duque said. “It was built with that in mind. People will not only have to work here but eat and sleep. It’s not just a regular shift thing. We’ll do this until we get the city back on its feet.”

Besides the police and fire, the building also houses the Mid-County Dispatch office which handles police and fire calls from Nederland, Groves and Port Neches.

The city’s police department are temporarily housed in a 3,600 square foot building at 1041 Nederland Ave., behind Fuzzy’s Taco Shop while the fire department is temporarily located on an adjacent piece of property.

The total cost of the project is $3.6 million. A federal grant pays for $1 million in construction costs and covers purchases such as the EOC furniture, generator re-location, security systems and a portion of the architect fees. The city is paying more than half of the total costs of the project.

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