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A new $5.6 million fire station that opened near Reunion last week, improves public safety for residents and visitors on the west side of Osceola County.
Station 73 is a 4-bay station that is the third to be built with a cost-saving design implemented for the first time in 2016. Unlike the “temporary” station it replaces, the 12,456-square-foot facility is designed to withstand severe weather events with up to 150 mph wind speeds.
“We continue to focus on improvements to public safety for our community,” said Peggy Choudhry, the County Commissioner for District 1 where the station is located. “This station is a significant upgrade to the modular units that the firefighters at Station 73 have had to live in. Investments like this insure that our first-responders are housed safely during severe weather events and that means that our citizens will be served more quickly and efficiently.”
Choudhry thanked Jim Bagley of Citicommunities LLC for providing basic site work and free fill dirt for the project. In addition, stormwater from the station goes to an existing pond on its adjacent property. Citicommunities also provided a free temporary station location during construction.
Arnco Construction began work on Station 73, located along Polk Osceola Line Road, in December 2017. It is the second new station to open this year and the third in three years. The design by CT Hsu & Associates features concrete tilt wall construction and a community room that can be used for small group meetings.
Station 73 serves a large portion of the tourist area around Champions Gate and Reunion, as well as Interstate 4 west of Disney World.
“Better quarters mean that our firefighters will have a better quality of life, and that translates directly into the ability to better serve our community,” said Osceola Fire Chief Robert Sorenson. “This is a modern design that features amenities that weren’t included in stations designed just a few years ago. This forward thinking will allow us to accommodate for growth in the future in this thriving area of Osceola.”