LAKELAND — Following some two many years, the 1st action toward a new EMS station for North Lakeland is finish.
Metropolis commissioners voted 5-2 on Monday to provide a part of the municipality’s 802 E. Robson St. residence to Polk County for $150,000. Converse of the sale began prior to the COVID pandemic started in March 2020.
Commissioners Mike Musick and Bill Examine voted against it.
“We are tremendous excited to get this internet site and assistance out all people,” said Wade Allen, Polk’s genuine estate company administrator. “This is a person of these situations the place it is actually a gain-get as we require to support your citizens and this is a wonderful spot.”
The 2.2.-acre home may well be common to Lakeland people as the web-site the place motorists experienced to verify they could execute a three-place turn to get their driver’s license, Metropolis Lawyer Palmer Davis mentioned. The property is at the moment less than a 50-yr lease to the condition, which is set to expire in July 2024.
The potential web page of a new Polk County Fire Rescue EMS station would occur about in reaction to the large improve in the range of phone calls coming from the area with roughly 80% from Lakeland citizens.
When the proposed deal will have to nonetheless go just before the Polk County Commission for its acceptance, Allen reported the county will start off the system of creating the new station suitable away.
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“The rate is much too reduced,” claimed Commissioner Study, who voted towards the proposal.
Study, a realtor specializing in business house, stated the appraisal was performed in September 2021 and the marketplace price has lifted appreciably considering the fact that then — his estimate was 20% to 40%.
The town did not difficulty a ask for for proposals or detect it was advertising the home, according to Go through. He claimed he thinks there are substitute works by using for the land, that it would make a “very good apartment web page.”
Study questioned other commissioners to think about trying to get a new appraisal of the property’s benefit to make certain Polk was paying out a truthful selling price.
“The bulk of the citizenry that this certain station will have to provide will be our individual citizens in an included spots of Lakeland,” Commissioner Phillip Walker said. “That is why I have no issue with this condition.”
Commissioner Sara Roberts McCarley stated if the assets price the county more, the taxpayers would be impacted as Lakeland inhabitants also shell out Polk taxes.
Commissioner Chad McLeod asked county workers what the timeline was for constructing the new station and when it would be functional.
Allen mentioned the land does not have environmental troubles, in contrast to other stations, so he expects about one 12 months to design and style the 4,000 to 6,000 square-foot building. Then the county hopes to straight away commence development.
“I have to be practical, every little thing is having for a longer period appropriate now,” Allen reported.
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This write-up initially appeared on The Ledger: Lakeland fee supports land sale for new Polk County EMS station