NORTHEAST TRAVIS COUNTY Fire department drops plan to buy house
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.