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$1M grant awarded to Bridgeport

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Bridgeport was awarded a $999,348 grant for a new fire station Thursday.

The city applied for the Texas General Land Office grant in the fall of 2017, one of two grants the city applied for related to 2015 flood damage. Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department sits in the flood plain and flooded in the heavy rains of 2015.

The new fire department will be moved to the 1400 block of Thompson Street, where the city’s equipment building is located. City Manager Jesica McEachern said the site is a lot central to the city.

“The city and the school swapped that property years ago, before I got here, and that’s been the planned location ever since,” McEachern said.

Komatsu Architects will design the fire department. McEachern said architects estimate $1 million will cover the cost of a 55,000 square-foot building with truck bays, a meeting room, restroom and an equipment storage room.

Once the state sends the formal contract, one to two months from now, the city will meet with the architects to plan in detail.

“We’re ready to go as soon as we get the contract,” McEachern said.

Bridgeport will be required to match $10,000 of the grant. McEachern said she does not expect the city will receive the second General Land Office grant they applied for in fall of 2015, to repair the sewer system along Harwood Park and through Turkey Creek.

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