Art installations, fire station design on BOCC agenda

Three art installations valued at more than $30,000 each, a new look and design for Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) stations and community food projects are on the agenda for the Alachua Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Tuesday.

Board members will discuss issuing purchase orders to the top-ranked art projects to be placed at the West Lawn of the County Administration Building and the Alachua County Agriculture, the Equestrian Center in Newberry and the Alachua County UF/IFAS Extension office.

Proposed amendments to the Alachua County’s comprehensive plan and map regarding Celebration Point will address allowing 2,000 dwelling units and 1.5 million square feet of nonresidential uses. The board will tackle details about the proposed multi-sport and entertainment events center.

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The design of a new ACFR prototype station slated for 10404 SW 24th Ave. in Gainesville will cost $282,500, if approved by the BOCC in current form. The county will have to pay an additional $67,600 needed for additional services to be authorized by the County through task assignments. A contract is set to be approved with the Lunz Group, Inc design business based in Lakeland to address the design of the SW 24th Avenue station and the redevelopment of of substations located at 12825 NW US Highway 441 in Alachua, I-75 at NW US Highway 441 in Alachua, and Hawthorne Rd (SR 20) at CR 234, Rochelle Community in unincorporated Alachua County.

The meeting on May 11 starts at 11:30 a.m. The full agenda is available online. 

BOCC notice to the public:

The public may attend and participate in this meeting virtually and in-person. Public comment will be taken both virtually and in-person. Attending virtually: The public may also attend virtually through Cox Channel 12, Facebook, and the County’s Video on Demand website. The Board will take Public Comment in person or by calling 1-800-876-7516. Attendees must wear a facial covering at all times. Public seating will be made available up to the capacity that permits adequate social distancing.

Public comment: The public may submit comments, written or photographic documents to the Board through email ( before the meeting or by participating when prompted to by the Chair of the Board. Virtual participation is available through the public comment message line. Callers will be put in a queue, and prompted when it is their turn to speak.

Callers should state their names and limit comments to two minutes. When prompted for in-person public comment, in-person participants should follow the direction of the Chair to participate.

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