NORTH­EAST TRAVIS COUNTY Fire de­part­ment drops plan to buy house

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — FARZAD MASHHOOD, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

The Travis County fire de­part­ment that was look­ing to buy a house to con­vert to a fire sta­tion is no longer do­ing that, re­spond­ing to ear­lier pres­sure from neigh­bors and elected of­fi­cials.

The Emer­gency Ser­vices District No. 4 board, which over­sees the de­part­ment that serves five dis­con­nected pock­ets of un­in­cor­po­rated Travis County, voted unan­i­mously last week to end its con­tract to buy a house on the cor­ner of E-K Lane and Spring­dale Road. Res­i­dents in the Wal­nut Place neigh­bor­hood around Spring­dale Road north of U.S. 290 en­listed the sup­port of Travis County Judge Sam Bis­coe to stop the sta­tion from mak­ing a home there.

“We’re pro­ceed­ing with look­ing at com­mer­cial prop­er­ties on the other side of (U.S.) 290 around Spring­dale,” the district’s Fire Chief Flo Soliz said. “The com­mu­nity wants the re­sponse im­prove­ment.”

Soliz had orig­i­nally said the de­part­ment was look­ing at the house, among other lo­ca­tions, to house a firetruck and sta­tion in­stead of North La­mar Boule­vard, which is no longer a part of the fire district.

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