Two new fire stations replacing decades-old facilities are now under contract thanks to approval from city officials during a Sept. 14 New Braunfels City Council meeting.

The construction contract for $11.38 million went to Seidel Construction LLC and comes as part of the city’s $117 million 2019 bond program, which will oversee the execution of a number of other capital improvement projects covering transportation, public safety, library facilities, and parks and recreation.

Jennifer Cain, the New Braunfels capital programs manager, said the agreement to construct the fire stations came at a slight discount because both stations went under one contract.

Cain said Fire Station No. 2 will replace an old facility on Loop 337 that was built in the ’70s and was about 2,700 square feet. The new facility will be about 16,000 square feet, will house 10-12 personnel and have four apparatus bays.

Fire Station No. 3 will replace the current structure on Hanz Drive that was built in the 1980s, will house up to six personnel and have three apparatus bays, according to city information.

“This is a big improvement for both of these stations,” Cain said.