On June 7, the Board of County Commissioners approved the lease agreement between the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) and Old Cutler Presbyterian Church for the temporary Fire-Rescue station going in near the southeast corner of Old Cutler Road and SW 142 Terrace.
Although slightly delayed from the original timeline, the project is moving ahead. Efforts are underway to secure a building permit from the Village of Palmetto Bay to construct the temporary fire station on the grounds of Old Cutler Presbyterian Church. It is anticipated that the building permit will be secured before the end of June.
Once the permit is secured, groundwork will begin on the site to construct the temporary fire station, which will consist of a doublewide trailer and canopy to shelter the emergency response unit. It is estimated that the temporary fire station will be completed sometime in August or September 2016. At that time, Engine 62 which is currently housed at Perrine Station No. 50 (located at 9798 Hibiscus Street) will be moved to the temporary fire station in active duty.
Simultaneously, efforts are underway to finalize the drawings for the permanent fire station. Once the drawings are finalized, they will be presented to the Village for review and approval. "I am excited to see that Fire Station 62 has reached the permitting stage,” remarked Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn. “Our village permitting department looks forward to doing its part to rapidly move this Station to completion and operation. Palmetto Bay looks forward to continuing to work with our Miami-Dade County partners to increase our life/safety protection for Palmetto Bay, south Pinecrest, south Coral Gables and north Cutler Bay.”
Once the permit for the permanent fire station is secured, construction of the permanent fire station will commence and will take approximately 18 months to complete.