Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Update on Sewage Facility

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Update on Sewage Facility

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SARASOTA: Engineers see January 2015 finish for troubled Lift Station 87

SARASOTA

Engineers working to complete a botched sewage facility south of downtown met with residents Thursday night to discuss their progress and get public input on their latest design concepts.

Lift Station 87 is on track to be completed in January 2015, the engineers said. But the ultimate appearance remains uncertain.

The sewage facility was planned to be built underground, partly to hide it from nearby residents concerned about its effect on the park where it is located along Mound Street. The engineers explained Thursday that the lift station must be built above ground, because of flaws in the original design, and to make it capable of withstanding a Category 3 hurricane.

The project has been plagued with problems and its estimated cost has ballooned to $27 million. McKim and Creed, the new engineering firm brought in to finishit, has redrawn the project. The new plans shown to residents included designs in the Art Deco and Mission styles, which would make the lift station look less like a sewage facility and more like a house or historic building. …

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