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Clermont taking bids for new police station, puts former site on market

Clermont taking bids for new police station, puts former site on market
Site of the new Clermont Police station (rendered in blue)

Clermont is in the final throes of choosing a general contractor for its new police station.

The General Contractor contract for the 30,626-square-foot, $10.3 million building is between these pre-qualified companies:

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The Artec Group Inc, Wharton-Smith, Schmid Construction, McCree Design Builders, Walbridge Aldinger, Core Construction Services of Florida, and Pirtle Construction Co. are all in the running. The bid deadline is Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. The winner will be announced within a week. Construction is expected to last a year.

Clermont has been planning a new police station for years. The booming city has about doubled its force. The problem has been finding the best site for the station. Finally, the city settled on a corner of its recently purchased Clermont Community Center, which also includes its Clermont Arts & Recreation Center as well. The city purchased the 30-acre site, which was the Celebration of Praise Church, for about $6 million.

Now that Clermont has settled on its new police station site, it is selling a 3.97 acre parcel of land at the corner of Hooks Street and Citrus Tower Blvd., where at one time it had planned to build the police station. Asking price is $1.9 million for the land with a C2 commercial zoning. With that comes an amazing view from the top of Clermont overlooking the city and Lake Minnehaha.

tburney@growthspotter.com or 407-420 6261

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