The latest example of SouthStar Communities’ commitment to civic responsibility will be a boon to those who live at Vintage Oaks, New Braunfels’ leading masterplanned community. As owner and developer of the community, SouthStar has interpreted the area’s need for improved access to local emergency service by donating land for a new full-service fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station.
The four-acre parcel at the corner of Highway 46 and S. Crane’s Mill Road, just adjacent to Vintage Oaks, was donated to the Comal County Emergency Services (CCES), District 3 for the station, which will include an engine, brush truck and ambulance, and be staffed 24 hours with fire and EMT personnel.
“The donation was a natural step for the premier masterplan in the area,” said SouthStar Communities COO Thad Rutherford. “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.”
The announcement was met with enthusiasm from Shawn Wherry, Fire Chief of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, who noted the important difference a fifth area station will make. “The donation of land in the Vintage Oaks service area allows our Comal County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 and 3 to extend Fire and EMS services into the area with a resulting reduction in response time and improved service delivery,” he said.
Additionally, the station will provide services to residents including blood pressure checks, CPR instruction, and smoke detector installation, as well as allowing those who buy land at Vintage Oaks and live in New Braunfels to realize reduced fire insurance rates thanks to “the extension of the ISO Public Protection Classification Rating of Class 4 into the area, which is currently rated as a Class 10,” said Wherry.
Continuing growth in New Braunfels, the second-fastest growing city in the nation, created a need for improved access to local resources; District No. 3 of the CCES currently services a 250-square-mile area in North Eastern Comal County.
“We are growing so rapidly, and we are absolutely grateful to SouthStar Communities as well as Canyon Lake Fire and EMS, Districts No. 2 and 3, for their long term planning, said 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 Don Wagner, President of the Board of Commissioners for CCES, worked with SouthStar to facilitate the land donation for the new station.
“Residents in this part of the County have wanted to have nearby fire and EMT facilities for years now,” he said. “We’re grateful to Vintage Oaks and SouthStar Communities for this magnanimous donation. Land prices in this area would make it very difficult for CCES to site a new facility in this area without this donation.”
SouthStar Communities is a leading developer of masterplanned communities in the Sunbelt. The company has a long history of land donations to worthy causes, most notably with partner Operation FINALLY HOME on several homesites and custom homes for wounded veterans and their families.
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