MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — Cut through the middle of a cornfield off Gregg Lane in Manor is a patch of dirt that will soon become a fire station. The location is a reminder of how Manor was once considered a small town, but the construction vehicles are also a continued sign of this area’s growth.
The new Travis County Emergency Services fire station will be located near the new Manor High School. That school district’s population has doubled in the last 10 years, and the new station is also leading to new opportunities for students.
When the new high school opens, the new fire station will only be 600 yards from it. Because of that, there will be a new partnership where students can earn credit towards becoming a firefighter while they are still in school.
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“This coincides with the renovation of our career and technology education center. We are renovating a 26,000 square foot building, so we are beginning a lot of new career and technology programs so this will fit very much in line with future programs,” says Mike Brooks, the executive director of Operations for Manor ISD.
This type of partnership between Travis County Emergency Services and a school district is growing.
Right now, Pflugerville has a similar arrangement at Hendrickson High School.
Besides helping students, the new station in Manor will also help serve the growing population. Leaders say Manor has gone from a small town 10 years ago to a place people and businesses are moving to as a result of the expansion of U.S. Highway 290 and State Highway 130. That means land is getting expensive. In fact, it was too expensive for the Travis County Emergency Services Department to build a new station, so they partnered with Manor ISD to build on their land.
“Prior to that agreement we had been looking for almost a year, but due to the cost of property, even in the small sense of an acre, being on 290 and where we needed it to be being really expensive so this partnership has really helped this community,” says Ryan Smith, Fire Chief for Travis Co. ESD #12.
The groundbreaking for the new station happens at 2 p.m. Friday at 11200 Gregg Lane.