CS Fire Station to Open in October

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After a year of delays, an opening date has been set for Fire Station Number Five on Greens Prairie Road in College Station.

Last year, the general contractor went bankrupt and since then the building has been vacant.

But, now the fire department says the station will open in October.

"The building basically sat here 95-percent complete for six months," College Station Fire Department Assistant Chief Jon Mies said.

The station was supposed to open last October, but the general contractor, Stephens Construction based in Texas City, defaulted on the project. A bonding company took over, and at the first of the year a new general contractor was hired.

Frost Construction out of Houston took over the $1.7 million project.
In January the fire department had expected to move in by March, but a few problems pushed the date back.

"There was masonry work that was not complete, landscaping wasn't done and there were some internal problems," Mies said. "We got that corrected, and it's a beautiful building and we're looking forward to moving in and being here for a long time."

And the wait to get in will not be too much longer.
Besides a few technological snags, like getting the phones set up and computers moved in, the one-engine crew should move in next month.

The crew and all the equipment are expected to move in October 1.
A grand-opening is scheduled for later that month.

Even with the construction setbacks, the College Station Fire Department says the fire station will still come in under budget.