Progress on an $8 million fire station to serve far south Abilene was part of Mayor Weldon Hurt’s presentation during the recent State of the City address, as was information about a second project to revamp two recreation centers in Abilene.
The future Fire Station 9 was approved by Abilene voters in a 2022 bond election, while the projects to replace the Cesar Chavez Recreation Center and the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center were approved in a 2023 election.
Station 9 On Deck for Spring 2025
The design phase for the new Station 9, located at 1102 Beltway South, is near completion, with a projected spring 2025 opening, Mayor Hurt said.
The addition of Station 9 will reduce the coverage area of AFD’s Fire Station 8, enabling crews to improve response times from an average of seven minutes to five minutes or less, better serving the area’s growing population.
The new station also will help the Abilene Fire Department maintain its ISO 1 rating, a designation used by insurance companies to help determine and lower homeowner insurance rates across the City of Abilene.
Fire Station 9 will help shorten response times, improve service across Abilene, and help maintain the City’s ISO 1 top rating.
Recreation Centers to Enhance Services
The $28 million project to replace the G.V. Daniels and Cesar Chavez centers includes demolition, design, rebuilding, and equipment. The projects will update facilities and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhoods they serve.
An estimated 9-12 month design process is now underway, Mayor Hurt said, while the construction of each center will take roughly 14-18 months. Construction will be staggered to keep one of the two centers open during the process.
Each project shares the same basic design but is also configured to leave room for growth.