BELLEAIR BLUFFS — The old fire station 43 on Indian Rocks Road is slated to be renovated. City Administrator Debra Sullivan showed drawings and described the features of the redesign at the May 13 City Commission workshop.
“The architects, builders and designers came to City Hall to show us what it’s going to look like,” Sullivan said. “We’re very excited about it.”
The city sold the building in 2018 after moving to their new state-of-the-art fire station on Bayway Avenue. The building will house the owner’s offices, along with a space he is renting out to a personal trainer as a gym.
The reborn building will have a retro look, keeping the fire station motif and enhancing it.
“It’s kind of hip,” Sullivan said. “There’s a lot of glass,” she pointed out.
The hose tower will be the entryway and will feature a Chihuly-style chandelier. There will be solar panels on the roof. Among the features are red, fire station-style doors where fire trucks once made their exit.
The landscaping will feature more green space and a lot of palm trees, Sullivan said.
When the commission decided to sell the building last year, there were hopes expressed by some that a new owner would retain the look of a fire station to recall its function for 45 years. It appears that wish will become reality.
Sullivan said full building plans for the old station renovation will be submitted to the city “in a month or two.”
And then, “in another nine months or so, it’s done,” she said.
One commission meeting a month this summer
The City Commission will meet only once a month during the summer months. Regular meetings will be held on Monday, June 17, and Monday, July 15, and a workshop on Monday, Aug. 12. The meetings are on Monday evenings at 6 p.m.