PORT TAMPA — The last building built in Port Tampa City before it was annexed by the city of Tampa is being replaced after 52 years
City officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new, state-of-the-art fire station on Interbay Boulevard. The new Fire Station No. 19 will replace the old Port Tampa fire station, which was built in 1961 at 4916 W. Ingraham St. — the same year the neighborhood was incorporated into Tampa.
The new 8,660-square-foot station will have a three-bay garage and more living and work space for the firefighters, Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during the ceremony.
“They deserve the best because they give their best every time they answer a call,” Buckhorn said.
Part of the property, at 7910 Interbay Blvd., will be turned into a conservation area. The fire station will also feature high-efficiency and solar-powered lighting, solar-powered water heating and an energy efficient heating and cooling system.
Construction is expected to be completed in June 2014. The new station will cost $2.5 million, and will service the Port Tampa, Gandy/Sun Bay South and Interbay areas.
The city is also replacing Fire Station No. 11 in Sulphur Springs, which is expected to be completed by December.