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Fire Department inks lease for temporary quarters

By Rachel Brown Hackney

On Aug. 26, Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis signed a lease for temporary space in the building located at 5700 Midnight Pass Road. That will enable the crews of Fire Station 13 to call that building home, so to speak, while construction of the new fire station takes place, county Media Relations Specialist Brianne Grant reported.

The lease will be in effect, she said, until the new station is ready for use.

The lease officially began on Aug. 23 and will terminate on Aug. 22, 2022, the document says.

The county will pay the landlord $4,000 a month, which “includes all common area maintenance costs.”

The county also will be responsible for utilities payments.

5700 Midnight Pass Road Exclusive Parking exhibit for Fire Station 13 lease Aug. 26 2019

The document says that the building at 5700 Midnight Pass Road — which is immediately to the south of Fire Station 13 — “can be renovated for accommodations for Fire Station employees and has ample parking space to accommodate Fire Station’s trucks and other fire equipment …”

It further notes that it will take “up to three months” to complete renovations to the Midnight Pass Road property necessary for the fire crews to operate out of the space.

The landlord is S. Dudley Carson of Siesta Key Real Estate consultants LLC, who operates out of Suite 4A at 5700 Midnight Pass Road.

The lease says the Fire Department will take over “approximately 1,400 contiguous square feet of private space on the first floor of the building, two private lavatories [and] exclusive use of all surface parking spaces on the west side (approximately 14 spaces),” as well as “exclusive use of the existing wooden shed.”

Fire Chief Michael Regnier told Siesta Key Association members on Aug. 1 that plans call for construction of the new Fire Station 13 to begin in the spring of 2020 and to be completed within approximately 12 months. The lease does point to the same expectation in regard to how long the construction will take.