Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers was given the go-ahead to acquire property in Precinct 3 for a public safety substation.
Commissioners court members approved the acquisition at its May 14 meeting.
The county will acquire about 3 acres of land priced at $12 a foot for a total of about $1.5 million at the northwest corner of FM 1093 and FM 1463 in Fulshear, Meyers said. The purchase will be funded by the Proposition 4 section of 2015 facility bonds.
Fort Bend County voters approved a $98.6 million facilities bond on Nov. 3, 2015. Proposition 4 provided $62.9 million in funding for the construction, acquisition of and improvements to county facilities.
“It is expensive to purchase property along FM 1093,” Meyers said. “Property runs between $15 and $18 per foot. We got $12 per foot, but it is still expensive.”
The substation will provide expanded space for the sheriff’s office as well as space for the fire marshal and public health, he said. According to a press release, construction of the 18,000-square-foot substation is expected to be completed in 2020.
Fort Bend County Judge KP George asked Meyers to also consider space at the substation for an Office of Emergency Management satellite.
Meyers said the sheriff told him in 2015 the corner of FM 1093 and FM 1463 was his preferred location.
“Now we are following through with that,” Meyers said. “Having a facility that is easy to find, with easy access for the public as well as law enforcement officers to get to any part—north, south, east or west—is the reason we chose that location.”