Southlake Council approves new public safety building

Construction on a new facility featuring a fire station and underground firing range is scheduled to kick off this month and finish by fall 2013.

The $13.3 million building, which will go up near Dove Road and White Chapel Boulevard, will be built by Lee Lewis Construction with money from the city's Crime Control & Prevention District.

Southlake Fire Chief Michael Starr said the new facility will help to reduce fire response times and provide a undergound gun range for training of police officers. It will also provide insurance cost savings to residents.

"The new north facility will help with ISO ratings not just in the northern part of the city, but all over the city," city spokeswoman Pilar Schank said.