City of Humble officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 20 for the roughly $6.13 million replacement of Humble Fire Station No. 2.

The 12,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at 1401 S. Houston Ave., is estimated to take one year to complete, officials said.

Humble Mayor Norman Funderburk said the new station’s location will allow emergency responders to access the southern portion of the city more quickly.

“What a testament to our commitment to public safety here in the city, positioning us in a much better way to protect these people here on the south part of town,” Funderburk said. “Our No. 1 goal, our No. 1 job, our No. 1 responsibility is to protect these people here in the city of Humble.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, touted the new fire station during the ceremony.

“As we look at the landscape of America, we can see that firefighting has been taken to another level,” Jackson Lee said. “It is so important to have the kind of physical infrastructure to really get the job done for this growing and thriving community.”

The replacement for Fire Station No. 2 was first approved by Humble City Council in May 2021. According to Humble Fire Department Chief David Langenberg, the current Humble Fire Station No. 2 on Wilson Road poses several challenges for the department as it was originally built in 1974 and was designed to be used as a storage garage for fire engines. The facility has since been adapted into a station.

City officials said the new fire station was originally projected to cost $4.5 million when it was designed in 2018, noting supply chain issues and inflation have caused the new station’s cost to rise.

While the city will still receive $4.5 million through a Texas General Land Office grant to help fund the project, Humble City Council members were required to approve a budget amendment in September to fund the remainder of the project.