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20101210_Dec072010_BIG_0013MISSION — Workers were putting the finishing touches on the Mission Police Department substation and the Mission Fire Department’s Station No. 5 this week as city officials prepare to officially open the buildings aimed to serve residents on the city’s growing south side.

Deputy City Manager Sonia Carnes said the substation is set to open in January while crews work on finalizing details for the buildings. The construction on the project is approximately $2.2 million.

Construction began here in March off of Military Highway and Glasscock Road in the Hunt Development area.

The Sharyland Independent School District deeded the corner lot to the city in order to bring law enforcement to the area on property donated to the district by Hunt Development in order to construct B.L. Gray Jr. High and nearby H. Shimotsu Elementary School.

Carnes said both facilities will be open 24 hours with the staff available to service residents just like the main police station and other fire stations.

In March, Mission Police Chief Leo Longoria said the substation would also work together with agencies like U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor the area after the construction and opening of the Anzalduas International Bridge. Approximately 20 officers will be placed in the substation to service the area.

The 6,000-square-foot space will house bride officers, investigators and patrol officers, among other employees, Carnes said.

The fire station will have three workers each day responding to calls, said Fire Chief Ricardo Saldaña. The Mission Fire Department responds to almost 10 calls a week in the Shary Plantation area, the chief said.

The 6,300-square-foot facility will have a pump truck, rescue boat and equipment to respond to hazardous materials calls, among other key equipment to respond to calls in the south side of the city.

“Now we have rapid movement there and with the opening of Anzalduas Bridge, we’ll have a quicker response time to accidents,” Saldaña said. “We’re close by there. This will help us out tremendously.”

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