CITY OF KATY (The Katy Rancher) – City of Katy officials are in the process of purchasing land to relocate the site of the city’s second fire station after flooding inundated the station’s originally planned site.
Officials are looking to buy land for an undisclosed price near Katy Mills Mall, which would be east of where the original placement existed on the south side of Kingsland Boulevard and west of Pin Oak Road, according to Byron Hebert, city administrator.
The original location flooded when 12-17 inches of rain poured over the Katy area on April 18, swelling nearby bayous and creeks. The flooding of that location concerned city officials for the future of the planned station, Hebert said.
“You know, when you see that much water at that location – I don’t want to put a station there anymore,” Hebert said. “It would cost us a whole lot more to have to raise that road so high.”
The three bay, roughly 14,000-square-foot planned station has been in the works for years.
The city owned part of the land at the station’s original site before purchasing two more acres last year for approximately $300,000 in order to construct an access road. The city still plans to develop a nature park and walking trail there, which would have existed next to the station before the decision on the relocation, Hebert said.