Austin-based SouthStar Communities has donated four acres near its New Braunfels Vintage Oaks development for a new fire/EMS station.
Located at the corner of Highway 46 and S. Crane’s Mill Road, the property will become home to Comal County Emergency Services District 3’s (CCESD3) sixth fire/EMS station.
The county plans to build a fully staffed, 24/7 facility featuring an engine, brush truck and ambulance.
The district encompasses a 250-square-mile area in northeastern Comal County and is surrounded on two sides by Canyon Lake’s Precinct 4. CCESD3 operates Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.
“The donation of land in the Vintage Oaks service area allows our Comal County Emergency Services districts No. 2 and 3 to extend Fire and EMS services into the area with a resulting reduction in response time and improved service delivery,” says Shawn Wherry, Fire Chief of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.
“Additionally, this station will allow our personnel to be more readily available and accessible to assist the community with other services we provide.”
The new fire station — which will provide blood-pressure checks, CPR instruction, and smoke-detector installation among other services — will save area property owners thousands if not millions of dollars in homeowners insurance by reducing Vintage Oaks’ ISO Public Protection Classification Rating from Class 10 to Class 4.
“We are growing so rapidly, and we are absolutely grateful to SouthStar Communities as well as Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, Districts No. 2 and 3, for their long-term planning,” says Donna Eccleston, County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1. “Everyone has the citizens’ best interests at heart. Anything we can do to further that mission is very important.”
Longtime Vintage Oaks resident and President of the Board of Commissioners for CCESD3 Don Wagner says a new fire/EMS facility has been on area residents’ wish list for years.
“We’re grateful to Vintage Oaks and SouthStar Communities for this magnanimous donation. Land prices in this area would make it very difficult for CCESD3 to site a new facility in this area without this donation.”
SouthStar Communities Chief Operating Officer Thad Rutherford describes the donation as a natural step for his 3,300 acre community and its surrounding neighbors. “Vintage Oaks has really established itself as the flagship community at this end of the county. It made sense for us to support the county as they added important infrastructure. We look forward to welcoming CCESD3 to the neighborhood. “
SouthStar Communities is a fully integrated real estate investment, development and management firm focused on the residential marketplace.
Editor’s Note: This article contains information provided by a SouthStar Communities press release that was posted on Comal County ESD No. 3’s Facebook page June 15.