Sherman firefighters and officials mark the beginning of new fire station

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Sherman city officials mark the beginning of the construction of a new fire station off F.M. 1417 and Northgate Drive.

"As we modernize the city and expand and grow the fire stations need to be reevaluated from time to time," said Sherman Mayor David Plyler.

Plyler said they're tearing down the old station off F.M. 1417 and U.S. Highway 75 to make room for the entertainment center, Schuman's Movie Bowl Grill, which will be built in the old fire house's place.

And down the road, the new $158 million Sherman High School will be built a few blocks west of the station.

"We're real excited, excited to get it started and excited to move in," said Sherman Fire Chief Danny Jones.

Jones said the new building will provide his crew with a more modern station.

"More conveniences like when we get an alarm, lights will go on, doors will open up and cuts the time of response, things like that," Jones said.

He also said the location on the south side of town will help protect the community.

"With the way the city is growing and the corner there in the highway and all the configuration there, we believe this site here will help us better for faster response," Jones said.

Officials said the city bought the land from the Sherman Economic Development Corporation for one dollar, but will cost $3.5 million to build the new station.

"The construction has started as you can see they've already cleared the property and we expect the fire station to open at the end of 2018," Plyler said.

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