SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WMBB) — The City of Springfield held a workshop to discuss their plans for a new city complex.
They lost their city buildings almost three years ago during Hurricane Michael.
Springfield police and firefighters had to move into temporary trailers and city officials had to cram into the Springfield Library.
Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond said this has made working difficult.
“We work with what we got and this is going to be a beautiful addition for the city and Bay County,” Hammond said.
At Thursday’s workshop, they presented 3-D visuals and blueprints of the new city complex which will include a brand new public works department, fire department, city hall, and police department.
“It’s probably going to be the best thing Springfield has ever had,” Hammond said.
And it can’t come soon enough. The police and fire departments are currently in trailers and have to make plans to evacuate during emergencies.
This was something Hammond said they had to face when Tropical Storm Fred came through.
“It’s going to help us all the way around, we don’t wanna get to the point where emergency services have to leave the city to be secure, so we are working around for their security and safety.”
Hammond said the project will cost the city $15 million and they will be using FEMA funds. They hope it will be finished in two years.
“One step at a time its been a long procedure,” Hammond said. “We’ve got a long ways to go hopefully within the next two years we will have a new city hall or city complex.”
The complex will be located at 11th Street and Transmitter Road which he said will be more centrally located for Springfield residents.