While it is true that TXDOT MAY be required to build the City (which owns the current station and property) a new fire station IF the property on FM 205 is deemed to be unusable, NO ONE from TXDOT with the authority to write a check has weighed-in on the matter and it would be irresponsible for anyone in a position of authority to present the possibility as anything more than just that, a possibility. TXDOT does not expect to have a final decision before August of 2018.
The most that can be speculated at this juncture is that the current FM205 expansion plan takes out the old city hall building (the fire department has just started using it as their office), which will add to the reimbursement paid to the City for the property that is taken out. No current plans take out any part or portion of the fire station.
Both the Mayor and City Councilman Jim Herren have been talking with state officials in an effort to get the property deemed unusable, based on the fact that so much of the front portion is being taken out by the road expansion and there is no possibility for the station to be moved back, as the property line is already at the back end of the current station.
While the City Council is planning for the likelihood that the fire station will need to be relocated, regardless if the TXDOT deems the station unusable or not, the City Council is planning to wait for the state to determine the compensation for the station, before finalizing plans.
CITIZEN ALERT: It should be noted that the City Attorney is looking into the “Substitute Facilities Doctrine” and whether it applies in this instance. What appears to be a 1975 article from the Duke Law Journal is being distributed, without any reference to the layers that may have been added by the U.S. Supreme Court since 1975, not to mention the Texas Constitution and TxDOT regulations.