Initial design plans for new lift station released

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- After receiving input from residents and the City, the Lift Station 87 project team has refined its architectural design for the Luke Wood Park facility.

The new renderings show the structure that will house the new lift station. Look closely, and you'll notice a stunning resemblance to the Hover Arcade -- Sarasota's city hall back in 1921.

“That's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do a building that said this is the City of Sarasota. We could have done something that looks like a bank, but that doesn’t identify the city,” says Mitt Tidwell, Sarasota’s utilities director.

Hover Arcade Building

The design is based on input from city residents as they continue to wait patiently for the lift station project to take off. It's a multi-million dollar project that was supposed to be completed by the end of 2012. But due to issues with microtunneling, the project fell apart.

When the new project is all said and done, Tidwell hopes residents will be proud of the new look. “It's going to be an outstanding building. You're not going to know it's a lift station. We want something that is appeasing to the residents but also makes a statement that this is a city facility.”

The design may change slightly over the coming months, but likely not by much.

As for the entire project, at this point things should be completed by spring 2016.  The new Lift Station 87 will replace existing Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87, located in Luke Wood Park.

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