Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Zephyrhills approves new plans to renovate downtown fire station

ZEPHYRHILLS — The Zephyrhills City Council voted Monday to approve new plans to renovate the downtown fire station and have a third party review state plans to modify U.S. 301.

City Manager Steve Spina presented a toned-down version of the proposed renovations to the downtown fire station. Spina said the new version has taken out unnecessary frills. The big changes are the omission of individual offices and a conference room.

The new plans save $165,000 on the cost of the project.

The original plan came into question when a proposal was made to add to Fire Station 1 instead of renovating the damaged downtown station. Council vice president Jodi Wilkeson worried the loss of the downtown station would affect emergency response times and leave downtown businesses vulnerable.

Wilkeson said the city has now reached a building plan that is close to the promises the council has made to the Fire Department and city residents.

The council also decided to have David Troemel of Kimley-Horn look at the data available for the upcoming modifications to U.S. 301 and work with the Department of Transportation to create a better working plan for the project.

"I want to protect Zephyrhills," council president Luis Lopez said. "I want Zephyrhills to move forward to the future but keep the small-town atmosphere that we have."

Lopez said the DOT's plan for U.S. 301 may lead to the death of local businesses and a push toward big-box stores.

The council was in agreement over opposition to the DOT's plan.

Mayor Cliff McDuffie wanted to know if the information the DOT was using was updated or if it was from seven years ago, when the plan was originally drafted.

"Three lanes one-way will just tear this town apart," McDuffie said. "We are not big enough right now to handle that."

Council member Clyde Bracknell said the DOT's plan has changed very little throughout the history of the project, from what he's seen.

Tom Montgomery, an engineer with the DOT, said there were concerns about the city's version of the plan, mainly the effect on the city's historic district, a mobile home park on Seventh Street and the flow of traffic coming from the downtown post office.

"We need to work together and see if we can come up with something and get it started," Bracknell said.

Zephyrhills approves new plans to renovate downtown fire station 03/09/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 9, 2009 9:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn proposes $974 million budget for 2018

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn today proposed a $974.2 million budget for next year that would raise the city's property tax rate for the first time since 1989 and use the additional revenue to improve parks, expand fire service and prepare for looming financial challenges in the years ahead.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn presented his proposed $974.2 million budget for 2018 to the City Council on Thursday. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times (2016)
  2. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.
  3. Florida house where O.J. Simpson lived listed for $1.3 million

    Crime

    MIAMI — What happened to the Florida home where O.J. Simpson lived with his children after his acquittal in the death of his ex-wife and her friend?

    O.J. Simpson explains his golf scoring to his daughter, Sydney, as he played golf on Key Biscayne in Miami in 1997. The house south of Miami where Simpson lived with Sydney and his son, Justin, until his 2008 conviction in an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, is on the market. [AP photo]
  4. Behind the lens: To capture an exhilarating moment, it's better to be lucky AND good

    Travel

    Editor's note: Boyzell Hosey, our Assistant Managing Editor - Photography/Multimedia, shot this image while on a family vacation in Alaska. Below is his description of the shot.

  5. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]