McKinney marked the beginning of work on the city’s new Fire Station No. 11 with a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 12.

The 15,000-square-foot facility will house 10 firefighters and officers to serve the Craig Ranch community. It will be located at 6260 Rundell Way, which is on the west side of Alma Road near the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch. City officials previously said construction is slated to be finished around the beginning of 2022.

McKinney Fire Chief Danny Kistner said the station will add to the public safety in the Craig Ranch area of town.

“What makes this station unique [is that] it’s got several different features in it,” Kistner said. “It’s going to have a [McKinney] Police Department store front. That’s very exciting for us. It’s [also] going to have the standard features we find with all McKinney fire stations, including a mini training facility.”

David Craig, who developed the Craig Ranch community, said protection is vital to any community, and the new station will save residents’ lives.

“Every citizen and every business in Craig Ranch thanks the city, the fire department and the police department for this facility,” Craig said.

Mayor George Fuller thanked the city’s firefighters and police officers for all they do and said McKinney is glad to have this station being built.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Fuller said.