Wichita Falls continues to fund fire suppression systems downtown

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The Zales building in downtown Wichita Falls is undergoing a $1.7 million renovation, and the city is paying just over $100,000 for a fire suppression system.

It's just one of many fire suppression systems the city has helped pay for to attract business developers downtown.

City Manager, Darron Leiker, does not believe they are spending too much money on these projects and added that they take them on a case-by-case basis.

"We want to encourage downtown development," he said. "And so far we have not been overwhelmed by the request. We do take them individually and look very diligently at them."

Leiker said upgrading those old buildings to code is the most challenging part of redeveloping downtown.

He believes it is something that has to be done to grow the business district.

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