Mayor Buckhorn to Cut Ribbon on New Fire Station #11 - Community invited to open house at station

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join community leaders to celebrate the completion of Fire Station #11 on Monday, April 21, 2014. The new station is located at 1500 W. Waters Street, and will host an open house which is free and open to the public beginning at 8:30 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Parking at Station #11 is limited. Guests can also park at the Magic Mall Flea Market, located at 8330 N. Florida Ave., and shuttles will take them to Station #11 and return them once the event is over.

"Tampa Fire Rescue Station #11 is by far the busiest house in the city, and the crews there need to have a station that can accommodate today's vehicles and apparatus," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The new station will help ensure that the residents of Sulphur Springs, Lowry Park and the surrounding neighborhoods get the quality services they expect, and our firefighters get the working conditions they deserve."

Station #11 will begin responding to emergency calls immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 21, 2014.

The new station replaces the aging Station #11, which is located at 710 E. Fairbanks St. in Sulphur Springs. The City of Tampa annexed Sulphur Springs in 1954, and built the former Station #11 shortly after annexation in 1956. The new station will continue to serve Sulphur Springs, North Tampa, Lowry Park, Forest Hills, and surrounding areas.

The new station is an 8,660 square foot facility with a three bay apparatus garage, which is flanked by work and sleeping quarters. The design incorporates several sustainability features, including high efficiency lighting and controls, solar powered exterior lighting, energy efficient HVAC system, solar powered hot water heating, use of recycled materials, and Florida Friendly landscaping.

The new Station #11 cost $1.66 million. It was funded through the Community Investment Tax, and built by Pillar Construction.

The City of Tampa is also under construction on replacing ageing Station #19 in Port Tampa.