TYLER TEXAS — The city of Tyler government is moving forward in the process for building two new fire stations.

This week, the Half-Cent Sales Tax Board recommended awarding $7.8 million in construction contracts for the fire stations.

The board makes recommendations to the Tyler City Council on how to use revenue from the city’s half-percent sales tax, also known as the half-cent sales tax, on infrastructure projects.

The Half-Cent Sales Tax Board made the recommendation at the advice of city staff. The Tyler City Council needs to approve the construction contracts in order for the projects to move forward.

Fire Station No. 1, which is in the downtown area, will be relocated to a parcel at the corner of North Palace Avenue and the West Gentry Parkway and have its duties combined with the duties of the current Fire Station No. 4 on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Fire Station No. 4 would be a new fire station on Cherryhill Drive, near West Cumberland Road in the rapidly growing neighborhood near Jack Elementary School. The city received the land for that new fire station in a donation.

The Half-Cent Sales Tax Board recommended a $4.8 million construction contract with Jacobe Brothers Construction of Tyler to build the new Fire Station No. 1, and a $3 million contract with Garrett & Associates to build the new Fire Station No. 4.

The project has been in the planning stages for more than a year. In December, the city hired Fitzpatrick Architects to design the two new stations. At the time, the city estimated spending $6.3 million on construction and having the buildings finished in 2019.