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Posted August 14th, 2020


In April 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the State of Florida would receive $633,485,000 in funding to support long-term mitigation efforts following Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma) through HUD’s newly created Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. This funding is intended to address mitigation needs to ensure the State of Florida is more resilient to future natural disasters.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the lead agency and responsible entity for administering the CDBG-MIT funds allocated to the State, and they launched the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program to provide funding to units of local government, state agencies, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations to implement innovative, collaborative, multijurisdictional, and/or large-scale mitigation activities that reduce identified hazard risks for local communities such as flooding, severe storms, tropical cyclones, coastal erosion, and wildfires. This 100% grant funding (no local match required) is intended to fund regional investments including but not limited to upgrading of water, sewer, solid waste, communications, energy, transportation, health and medical, and other public infrastructure projects that will allow communities to better withstand emergency-related challenges.

The City of Winter Haven has been designated as eligible to apply for this funding.  In accordance with guidance supplied by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and HUD relevant to the impacts of COVID-19, the public input requirements for this program include the option to post information about proposed funding projects on a public website with the provision of a 14-day public comment period.  A copy of this post and any public comments received will be provided to the DEO as part of the funding application submitted.

The City is proposing the following project for grant funding by this program in the estimated amount of $3,500,000.00:  Design/planning, permitting, and construction of a new Fire Station No. 4 located at 2220 NW 20th Street, Winter Haven, FL 33881.

The City has identified the need for a new Fire/EMS Station in the Havendale Boulevard/21st Street NW Street area.  The City owns a 0.58-acre parcel at 2220 NW 20th Street, adjacent to the northern limits of the Lake Hartridge Nature Park, that can accommodate this facility.  It is anticipated that Polk County EMS will co-locate an ambulance service at this facility.  Preliminary plans estimate an approximately 5,300 sf facility that will contain a lobby area; two small office spaces to be utilized by the City Code Enforcement Office and the City Police Department; two apparatus bays for an engine and an ambulance; storage, IT, janitorial, and mechanical spaces; sleep rooms for 10 to 12 personnel; a kitchen; bathrooms and laundry facility; a flex space for a day room/training room/community room, and all appropriate FFE. Site improvements will include vehicle access, parking, stormwater management, utilities extensions, landscaping, a flagpole, and signage.  Offsite improvements may include roadway and sidewalk improvements to immediately adjacent City streets.  It is estimated that concept design and environmental review, procurement, design, permitting, and construction of this project can be completed within approximately 26 months.

If you have any comments or questions about this project, please contact us via email at the address below by 31 August 2020.

Beth L. Evans, AICP –