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New fire station will plug gaps in Southside and Arlington

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A artist's rendering of new Fire Station 65, planned for Bailey Body Road.

Saying it will fill "a huge hole" in Jacksonville's emergency services needs in its growing Southside and Arlington communities, Fire Chief Keith Powers joined city leaders Monday morning to break ground on Fire Station 65 on Bailey Body Road near Atlantic Boulevard.

With a 255-day construction window, the new fire station off Arlington Road South just north of the Grove Park and Glynlea communities should open this fall with an engine and rescue unit and room for up to 10 firefighters.

The new station was 3 1/2 years in the making, funded in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, Powers said. The $7.5 million station will open in the middle of busy service areas for Fire Stations 19 on Rogero Road, 20 on Huffingham Lane, 30 near Regency Square and the city's busiest, Station 28 on Hogan Road.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union,

Dan Scanlan - Florida Times-Union