LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Extra money in this year's budget is enough to build a new fire station in Lufkin.
Lufkin City Council unanimously approved the project, which is estimated to cost $1.2 million. It will include a training facility, the fire station, while also housing the city's new ladder truck and ambulance brush truck. The new station will be located on about 4.5 acres of land on Lufkin Avenue, across the street from Georgia Pacific.
"It's great, and it's going to benefit the whole city of Lufkin, you know. It should be state of the art. It will be the best one in Lufkin that we will have," said Lufkin Ward 2 City Councilman Robert Shankle.
The project is estimated to take a year's time to build. There's no word yet on when construction will start. City leaders said new firefighters will not be hired immediately because five new firefighters started last month.