City of Sherman’s Blalock Park Fire Station was built at an enviable location. Situated at the corner of FM 1417 and U.S. Highway 75, the nearly-50-year-old structure sits on 9 of the most commercially desirable acres in the City. More than 45,000 vehicles pass by the site each day. Inside the station’s double bays, the Sherman Fire Department houses a compressed air foam system engine, a brand-new Dodge ambulance, and a brush truck used to combat the frequent grass fires along U.S Highway 75. But owing to that prime locale, those three pieces of machinery and the four-man crew assigned to run them may soon find themselves in some fancy new digs. The City of Sherman and the Sherman Economic Development Corporation have partnered on a project to market the land beneath the circa-1968 Blalock station to commercial developers in order to maximize its beneficial use to the City. By combining the Blalock station land with the surrounding 13 acres owned by SEDCO, the City hopes to find a developer who will turn the highly trafficked corner into an asset to provide services to citizens and travellers alike. “It’s really the very definition of a win-win from Sherman’s perspective,” said City Communications Manager Nate Strauch. “Not only do you take a choice piece of property and turn it into something useful to grow the economy and provide jobs, you also replace an outdated, aging fire station with a state-of-the-art facility worthy of our selfless public servants in the Fire Department.” “This is an opportunity for the Department to ensure the highest level of safety for the City’s manufacturers,” said Strauch. “That’s why SFD Chief Danny Jones is working closely with the City Manger’s office to make sure the new location is situated as well as could possibly be.” The timeline of the Blalock project boasts some flexibility, as the City and SEDCO ideally would like to find a buyer for the FM 1417/Highway 75 property before breaking ground on a new facility in Progress Park. Once a location is chosen, design and engineering work will begin, thereby allowing the City to begin construction quickly once the current Blalock Station finds a new owner.
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