Groveland plans groundbreaking for new public safety complex

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Rendering provided by city of Groveland

The groundbreaking for a long-awaited project is “one of the biggest in Groveland’s history,” City Manager Mike Hein says.

Groveland city officials and administrators will gather at 4pm Wednesday, July 3, in a field at 6825 State Road 50, east of Tractor Supply, to commemorate the location of their new Public Safety Complex. The project is expected to be completed in 2020, a news release states.

The complex will house all of the city’s public safety employees—police, fire, and 911 dispatch—as well as an Emergency Operation Center. The EOC will serve as an area for strategic direction and operational decisions for the community in times of emergency, allowing personnel to communicate with authorities in Lake County and surrounding jurisdictions. The approximate 33,000-square-foot multilevel building also will include an ambulance bay, training classrooms, and Groveland’s Community Development Department, the release states.

The new building will bring a sense of pride not only to the departments but to the city as well, according to Fire Chief Willie Morgan and Deputy Chief Armando Loney.

GatorSktch Architects & Planners, of Clermont, provided the layout design for the complex. Contractual bidding for construction recently closed and the selected bid will be announced Monday, July 1, during the City Council meeting at the E.L. Puryear Building, 243 S. Lake Ave.

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