Fire station, community center getting a new look

RAYMONDVILLE — The city’s fire station and community center are ready to receive a facelift.

Tonight, city commissioners are expected to award construction bids to renovate the two buildings.

Officials plan a limestone façade to make the buildings blend in with the adjacent police station, which opened in December, City Manager Eleazar Garcia said yesterday.

Garcia said the project’s $300,000 budget will fund the interior and exterior renovations of the 2,500-square-foot fire station and the 600-square-foot community center.

For nearly two years, the community center served as temporary headquarters for the police department’s dispatchers and patrol division while crews worked to build the police station.

In December, the department moved into its new $1.8 million police station.

The 9,000-square-foot police station replaced a cramped, 4,000-square-foot building that served as department headquarters since the mid 1980s at 523 W. Hidalgo Ave.

Since March 2014, patrol officers and detectives worked out of makeshift offices after moving out of their old building that was razed about two months later.

While patrolmen and dispatchers worked out of the community center, the department’s three detectives turned a City Hall office into an investigations unit.