Fire station facelift: Raymondville facilities will see improvements soon

RAYMONDVILLE — The city’s fire station and community center are ready for a makeover.

Officials have earmarked $169,013 to complete the final phase of the project to renovate the buildings.

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

City commissioners reviewed seven proposals before awarding construction bids to three companies for the job.

Based on the recommendation of city-contracted engineering firm Guzman & Muñoz, commissioners awarded a $54,510 bid to Castcon Construction; a $72,975 bid to Commercial Building Specialties; and a $41,528 bid to Holmont.

Castron Construction will use stone and plaster to transform the buildings’ exteriors while Holmont will install flooring, tile and garage doors.

Commercial Building Specialties will work on walls and ceilings, doors, restroom fixtures and cabinetry.

So far, the city has completed work on the project’s first phase.

In April, commissioners awarded bids to Castcon Construction, Commercial Building Specialties and Holmont for structural, electrical and plumbing work.

The project will allow the community center to be used for its original purposes.

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.