On January 14, 2019, The Richland Hills City Council directed the City Manager and other City Staff to move forward with preparations to consider calling a bond election on May 4, 2019 to construct a new fire station facility. This proposed station would replace the existing station, which is a metal building that is over 60 years old.
Staff has engaged Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects to conduct a feasibility study into what a new fire station facility will need for space and how it could fit on the City Plaza site. The conceptual floor plan and site layout are found below.
Please remember that these documents are proposed design and location documents only. The final design and location are subject to change as City Staff works through the process should the bond election be successful.
Other information Regarding the Project
- Total Project Cost: Anticipated at $6.5 million or less*
- Funding: Potential Bond Election on May 4th, 2019.
- Tax Impact: anticipated eight (8) cent increase or less.
- On a $100,000 home, this equates to an additional $80 per year ($6.67 per month).
- Post office will be offered a new space on the west side of the Police Department, fronting Baker Boulevard.
Proposed Station Information:
- Proposed to replace a station built for a volunteer Fire Department in the 1950's.
- The station is anticipated to be approximately 11,000 square feet
- Proposed to add at least four shower/ restroom facilities including facilities for female firefighters, compared to the one shower facility that currently exists.
- Will add an equipment decontamination area for firefighting gear and equipment.
- Cause a reduction in diesel exhaust exposure in the fire bays.
*If the bond is approved, the City will also move forward with plans to renovate the vacant portion of the Police Department, which previously functioned as a jail. This space has been unused for several years and will serve as offices for Fire Administration and shared training, meeting and interview space for both the Fire and Police Department. Renovating the unused space we have would be less expensive than adding these spaces as new construction in a new facility. The police renovation will utilize CO Bonds, which will only be issued if the Fire proposition passes. The cost for the police renovation is estimated at $600,000, and is included in the total project cost listed above.