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DeBary Fire Station No. 33: Grand opening, fast facts




The firefighters have already moved in. Now it’s time to celebrate.

DeBary officials are inviting the public to attend the grand opening of the city’s new fire station from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Parking is available at DeBary City Hall, 16 Colomba Road.

Here are a few highlights about Fire Station No. 33, DeBary’s only firehouse.

Cost: $2 million

Location: 75 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd. ( Next to new DeBary district headquarters for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, DeBary Town Hall and Florence K. Little Town Hall).

Why it is needed?: Previous station was deteriorating, didn’t meet code and couldn’t withstand hurricane-force winds.

What happened? Firefighters had to evacuate the old building during major storms because of structural concerns.

History:  The DeBary Volunteer Firemen’s
Association built previous station in 1975.

New facility: Meets National Fire Protection Association and Florida Building Code standards.

Inside: 7,962 square feet

Details:  Six bunkrooms, two offices, a
day room, kitchen and a training room.


DeBary newsletter: 290-unit apartment complex proposed in TOD


A 290-unit apartment complex has been proposed for the city’s next hot spot for new development, DeBary officials revealed in a newsletter released Tuesday.

Details about the proposal, including its location within the city’s 200-acre Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district, were not immediately available.

The district is clustered along U.S. Highway 17-92 south of Dirksen Drive, anchored by the DeBary SunRail station.

In recent months, DeBary officials have taken steps to refine the vision for the TOD, including backing a master plan for the mixed-use project.

“The TOD area is already receiving multiple developer interest as a result of the master development planning process,” the city’s summer newsletter says. “A conceptual development plan for the first development of a 290+/- multi-family apartment complex is currently under review.”

The vision for the project also calls for a network of interlocking recreational trails for bicyclists, joggers and others.


“The Master Development Plan adopted by the Council illustrates a conservative five-year development horizon which includes 650 to 880 residential units and another 8,000 to 16,000 square feet of non-residential such as office, retail, restaurant, and general commercial,” the newsletter says. “At build-out, a total of
2,000 residential units and up to 400,000 square feet of non-residential space may be constructed over the next 20-25 year planning horizon.”

The newsletter also gives residents updates about other projects in DeBary, including a proposed $12.5 million community center targeted for land in the TOD next to SunRail.

Last month, the City Council endorsed a task force’s recommendation for the center, envisioned as a gathering place for residents of all ages.

The council told task force members to prepare a plan to sell it to voters.

The vision for the center calls for an indoor running track, workout room, kitchen, meeting rooms and other amenities.

As proposed, the two-story building would have 43,500 square feet of space, 150 parking spaces and sit on roughly 7 acres of land.

The land for the center would cost roughly $1.5 million and construction would be an additional $11 million, documents estimate.

A date for voter approval was not set.

The per-household cost would vary by property value.

It would cost just $6 monthly, or roughly $72 a year, for the owner of a home valued at just below $100,000, according to one estimate.

The newsletter also updates residents about the upcoming opening of the new fire station.

Firefighters have already moved into the $2 million building at 75 South Charles R. Beall Blvd.

The public is invited to tour Fire Station No. 33 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.






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