|The City of Corsicana announced plans Friday it is pursing the purchase of the former State Home property for several proposed uses, including as a training facility for first responders.|
Mayor Don Denbow made the announcement via an email release Friday. The text of Denbow`s announcement:
Police and Fire Departments Benefit from a Unique Opportunity to
Repurpose the Texas Youth Commission Facility, creating a Triple-Win
City of Corsicana has made an offer to the Texas General Land Office
(GLO) to purchase the former Texas Youth Commission facility and land
at North 45th
Street and CR 2004 to create a Training facility for Corsicana`s
Fire and Police Departments.
City had originally planned to build a new Public Safety Training
facility, coincidentally, across the street from the existing TYC
campus. Instead, a unique plan to renovate a portion of the
buildings for training use and sell the remaining buildings and land
could effectively pay for the used facilities and the renovation,
saving the City the proposed cost for a new facility and creating a
public use building at little expense. The area planned for
renovation and City use is the northwest corner of the property.
renovations will include a regional training center, burn building,
fire training tower, and SWAT facilities. The road and building
infrastructure will facilitate real-time training and create the
opportunity for the campus to be a center for hosted regional
programs. These additional facilities for the Corsicana Police
Department and Corsicana Fire Department would allow other
opportunities to train students not yet ready for employment.
unique plan not only provides the essential training facilities the
City needs, it has a built-in opportunity to do so and pay for itself
with the proposed land sale," said Connie Standridge, City Manager.
buildings within the property with unique assets may be of interest
to the Corsicana Independent School District and Navarro College to
utilize as additional space for Career Technology programs and other
built-out classroom space. "The opportunities to reuse the space
and create a first-class training facility while repurposing the
large campus and adjacent land is a win for everyone," said Mayor
City considered receiving the land in 2016 from the Texas Youth
Commission, but the stipulations included in the offer were onerous,
including one in which the City could not sell off that portion of
the property not needed for the training facility. This sale through
the GLO provides all of the opportunities the City needs to use the
property in the most cost-effective and advantageous way for the
Texas General Land Office is a state agency of Texas, responsible for
managing land and mineral rights of properties owned by the State.
The proposed purchase of the land and facilities must be approved by
the Corsicana City Council. If approved, the City would assess the
property`s uses and create a timeline for renovations.