The Loop 360/Davenport fire and EMS station is estimated to be complete in 15 months. (Rendering courtesy city of Austin)
Construction will begin in 2022 on a fire and emergency medical services station located on Westlake Drive just west of Loop 360.
The $14.1 million project is estimated to be completed in March 2023, according to a memo issued by the city of Austin’s Public Works Department on Dec. 30.
Austin City Council voted in 2018 to build six new fire stations in high-need areas to increase response times and lower potential insurance rates for those outside a 5-mile radius of a fire department, which residents reported raised insurance costs by up to $1,000, according to city documents.
The one-time cost for construction of each facility is covered under the allotted budget for the projects. However the cost of ongoing operations at three of the six new stations not yet built—including the station on Loop 360 and another one off RM 620 in the Canyon Creek neighborhood in Northwest Austin—is a challenge, the memo said.
Grace is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin publications. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2021 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and geography.