By Jeff Weiner: Construction is set to begin on Orlando's newest fire station, along Robinson Street in Parramore.
On Tuesday, Mayor Buddy Dyer, commissioners Regina Hill and Robert Stuart and fire Chief Roderick Williams broke ground on a new home for the District 2 station, nicknamed the "Pride of Parramore."
The new, 12,000-plus-square-foot building will house 33 firefighters, an engine, two rescue units and a "heavy rescue" specialty unit, as well as a 224-square-foot space for community events, training and meetings, officials said. The station will also be LEED-certified for energy efficiency, they said.
The new station will be at 1203 W. Robinson St., and is expected to be completed in summer 2016.
District 2 is already operating out of modular buildings on the site. The station was moved there to make room for Orlando City Soccer Club's planned downtown stadium.