PORT NECHES —
Port Neches will soon have a more centrally located fire station.
The city reached a land trade agreement with Port Neches-Groves Independent School District on Monday, May 13. The district traded land near the corner of Park and Magnolia, for the land where the city’s fire department is currently located, at 1209 Merriman.
A new building has been in the fire department’s strategic plan for several years, said Stephen L. Curran, fire chief and EMS coordinator.
“The current location of the fire station is lopsided on one side of the town,” Curran said. “We need to center up for better equitable fire service delivery in the city.”
Plans were brought to a head in 2012, when the city of Port Neches was awarded a port security grant of $1.9 million to help build a new fire station. The city then approached PN-GISD about a possible land trade agreement.
“That school property happened to be the perfect site,” Curran said. “It was dead center in the city.”
With the grant, plus an additional $1.6 million in funding from the city, construction of the new fire department building is set to begin in October. Curran estimated it will be functional after 10 months.
“It’s going to be a good benefit for the entire city and the school district,” Curran said. “The school district was gracious enough to make the trade with us and make it all go to fruition. It took a little time, but the district was very cooperative.”
Curran said a new fire department building will be a 50 to 75-year investment for the community.
“It is the permanent location for where the fire protection needs to be for the city,” he said.