Officials to look at prices for fire station upgrade needed due to massive senior living facility

Villages officials this week will look at prices for a fire station upgrade needed due to the addition of a massive senior living facility on County Road 466.

The multi-story Elan Buena Vista senior living facility has put more demand on Station 40 located on Parr Drive. The station will need to be equipped with a ladder truck, which requires an additional 3,212 square feet at the building for a total of 6,500 square feet. The ladder truck is needed in case of a fire at the multi-story facility.

Elan Buena Vista Senior Living

In October, the Villages District Office put out a request for proposals for the project and four contractors responded. Mark Cook Builders Inc. has offered to take on the project for $1.339 million. In addition to the lowest price, Mark Cook Builders received the highest score from the committee that reviewed all four proposals.

The Sumter Landing Community Development District Board of Supervisors will review the proposal when it meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at the District Office at Lake Sumter Landing.

The Project Wide Advisory Committee discussed the fire station this past November, and raised concerns about the appearance that amenity money would be used to pay for upgraded fire service for private enterprise.

Last year, a Villager in a nearby villa unit complained that the new Elan senior living center was now looming over her home, concerning her about a lack of privacy.