FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CITY TO OFFICIALLY BREAK GROUND ON NEW CUTTING-EDGE FIRE STATION
RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (Feb. 10, 2022) – Gravel is slated to shift by City officials during the highly-anticipated groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art Fire Station where first responders can swiftly meet the safety needs of the community in a comfortable space.
City officials and project developers will put shovels in the ground during a virtual ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. for the $17 million Fire Station 88, located at 1920 W. Blue Heron Blvd. The two-story, 31,000-square-foot, cutting-edge station will feature new technology and equipment that provides energy efficiency, promotes the health and safety of fire personnel while providing temporary space for the Emergency Operations Center and a training center. These features are highly important and will benefit the community in ways past antiquated facilities have not.
“This facility will serve as a beacon of the great things and great spaces that we collectively will create as we reimagine Riviera Beach. This modern facility will have some of the most unique elements in Palm Beach County and will infuse both public art while celebrating the traditions prevalent in the fire service that our first responders and community can be proud of,” City Manager Jonathan Evans said. “This facility is the largest municipal public facility the City has constructed in a generation, and it is merely a starting point and a complement to the new beautiful public library and our Urban Farm. Great things are certainly on the horizon of Riviera Beach.”
The ground breaking will be a virtual event streamed on Riviera Beach TV, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, because of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases countywide.
The City in September 2020 purchased the former Walgreens property on W. Blue Heron Boulevard to specifically serve as the new location for Fire Station 88. The $2.4 million property was purchased because of its location and size.
“The new Station 88 will be replacing the existing station that was originally constructed in 1972. The new station will be one of the most state-of-the-art fire stations in the county if not the state. Design elements have been incorporated to reduce firefighters' exposure to carcinogens and reduce the phycological and physiological effects associated with the job,” Fire Chief John Curd said. “In addition, we have incorporated a training tower – the first of its kind in Riviera Beach's history – into the station to ensure our firefighters have the facilities needed to sharpen their skills and provide the best
service to the community that it serves.”
Delray Beach-based Kaufman Lynn Construction will be designing and building the
facility, which should be completed in 13 to 16 months.
Constructing Fire Station 88 is just one component of the City’s innovative campaign, entitled “Reimagine Riviera Beach.”
The City plans to reconstruct City Facilities that are in desperate need of attention. Many of the facilities were built in the 1970s and have not seen any significant improvements since. As a result, these facilities can no longer accommodate the growing needs of city operations, therefore the City has taken significant steps to address this matter. Actions have been taken as early as January 2020 and the City Council and City Staff are working together to achieve new city facilities for employees, residents, business owners and many other stakeholders to enjoy.
Through this initiative, the City will model and potentially spur the redevelopment that is desired throughout the Riviera Beach community. As part of the initiative, the Utility Special District Board voted to replace its current antiquated 63-year-old plant, 800 Blue Heron Blvd., that processes water with outdated technology with a $100 million to $150 million state-of-the-art facility that uses the latest filtration technology the board will select at a later date.
The City Council also agreed to build a new City Hall at a preferred location on Broadway Avenue and allocated $1.5 million to make the move from the older facility on Blue Heron Boulevard. The City plans to break ground on its Centennial Birthday on Sept. 29, 2022.
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