Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson, city officials, and community guest alike, will gather in the field east of the Tractor Supply on State Road 50, to commemorate the location of their new Public Safety Complex building on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The ceremony will take place at 4:00 P.M. For many, this has been a long-awaited project. Now with a confirmed date of commencement, Groveland officials are anticipating its projected 2020 completion date.
Groveland’s Public Safety Complex will house all public safety employees and serve as their headquarters, complete with an Emergency Operation Center (EOC). The EOC will serve as an area for strategic direction and operational decisions for the community in times of emergency, allowing personnel to communicate well with the county and surrounding jurisdictions. The approximate 33,000 square-foot multi-level building will also include an ambulance bay, training classrooms, and Groveland’s community development department.
“This new building will bring a sense of pride, not only to the departments but to the city as well.” “It’s been a long time coming,” said Deputy Chief Armando Loney and Fire Chief Willie Morgan.
Currently, both police and fire department buildings date back to the 1960s; one serving as a bunker and the other as the city barn.
Renowned, GatorSKtch Architects & Planners, have provided their layout design. Contractual bidding has recently closed and the selected contractual bid will be announced during the regularly scheduled council meeting on Monday, July 1, 2019, being held at the Puryear building.
As Groveland continues to embody its tagline, “City with Natural Charm,” the City Manager acknowledges this groundbreaking “as one of the biggest in Groveland’s history.”