The city of Ocala has awarded a $6.7 million contract to a local construction company for a new Martin Luther King Jr. First Responders Campus to be located within city limits.
During the July 2 meeting of the City Council, members gave final approval for a project that has long been in the works. The project, which will cost an estimated $6,694,251.74, was awarded to Cullison-Wright Construction Corporation, an Ocala-based company.
According to Ocala Fire Rescue Chief Shane Alexander, the new campus will be a first responder hub featuring a collection of buildings and amenities for law enforcement, fire rescue, and emergency personnel.
“The MLK campus will include a relocated fire administration and fire station buildings, a centralized fire rescue logistics office, a police substation, a community room, and a basketball court,” said Alexander of the new campus.
Construction on the new campus, which will be located between the 500 and 700 blocks of NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, went out to bid recently after months of planning by city staff.
Earlier this year, the city obtained renderings of the campus from JSA Architects, P.A. that illustrate the layout of the campus.
Council members praised the new campus as a welcome addition to the community.
“I think this going to be an excellent, excellent project for that neck of the woods,” said council president Mary S. Rich.
“This is a really important project for that corridor and for our community,” added Ocala City Manager John Zobler.