The Port Arthur News
Nederland Fire Department is in the process of setting up shop in their new temporary home but they won’t have far to travel.
The fire department will begin the move on Friday to an adjacent area on 14th Street between Boston and Chicago avenues. The area was once home to Bank of America’s drive-through banking area. A modular building is already in place as well as several storage buildings which will be used for equipment and bunker gear.
Nederland Fire Chief Gary Collins was at the site Thursday as contractors with Mobile Modular, the company the city is leasing the buildings from, arrived to install two sets of steps.
Collins explained that the modular building is actually larger than their current fire station. It features a day room, two restrooms, two offices, showers and bunk rooms.
“We wanted to find a location near the station so it would not affect our response time,” Collins said.
The fire department as well as the police department will be displaced for about a year while work is being done on the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex project. City hall offices will move from the location when the new city hall is completed in about a month.
Nederland Fire and Rescue received a $2.1 million Port Security Grant to construct a pubic safety complex to house the fire and police departments but the three departments — fire, police and city offices are all located in the same facility thus leading city leaders to plan for the new city hall and a separate public safety complex. Funding for the city hall project will come from the sale of bonds.
Nederland City Manager Chris Duque said asbestos abatement on the Boston Avenue location should begin early next week and a groundbreaking ceremony will soon be scheduled.
The first part of the Nagel Public Safety Complex project will include relocating 911 lines, electricity and utilities. Some of the demolition, Duque said, can be performed while city offices are still located in the old building.
“The contractor assures us they have every intent to make the deadline,” Duque said. “The public will be notified of any changes.”