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City works toward new electrical station along Bonnie Brae

City works toward new electrical station along Bonnie Brae

October 12
18:58 2014

Olivia Sylvain / Staff Writer

The City of Denton is searching for a new site for an electrical substation along north Bonnie Brae Street to supplement major growth in the city.

The existing electrical substation is on the corner of Bonnie Brae Street and Hickory Street, just across from University Courtyard apartments. A substation receives electricity from a nearby generating facility and distributes it to other places through power lines.

Denton Municipal Electric recognized the need for an update of the station earlier this year, according to Brian Daskam of DME.

DME has presented five possible locations that could accommodate the new substation, Daskam said. All of the sites are located across the street from the existing substation. DME hopes to acquire a property closer to the existing station because it will ease the process of rerouting electrical distribution lines. The city notified residents living within 500 feet of the prospective sites through mail.

Chris Frazier and his family live in the surrounding neighborhood. Frazier said he is concerned about the property near his home being purchased.

“You don’t want to have that sort of thing in front of your home, especially in a residential area. It’s an eyesore,” Frazier said.

DME reached out to the public to get insight on where the new substation should go. An open house was held on Sept. 30 and residents were given a chance to express their concerns and learn more information about the plan.

“We got a lot of feedback from the public at the open house. We got a lot of suggestions so our engineers are looking over it now,” Daskam said. “The next step is a public hearing but we haven’t scheduled that yet.”

Willie Hudspeth is a Denton resident with property along Bonnie Brae. He attended the open house but left with concerns about the intentions of DME.

“I think they already know where they are going to put it, and they’re going through this process to make it seem like they want out opinion,” Hudspeth said.

DME will choose the appropriate site by the end of the year and present it to City Council, which will then have the final vote. Construction of the new substation could begin in 2016.

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