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Updated: 10/11/2017 08:30:23AM

Amtrak plans for station approved

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SEBRING — Amtrak plans early next year to begin work to make its Sebring station comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On Monday night, the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency board approved the plans.

The plans, as presented to the board, include replacement and raising of the platform. The completed work will include access to the platform side public entrance to the station.

It will be a cast-in place concrete platform. The plans include railings because of the decision to raise the platform.

Another part of the project includes new lighting.

Wood canopies will be dismantled and reconstructed with new foundations. Damaged wooden parts of the structure will be replaced.

Also at the meeting, Kristy Vazquez, CRA director, said that Tony Collins, who owns the Nan-Cess-O-Wee and the Santa Rosa hotels, has told her he has two investors interested in proceeding with plans to convert the historic hotels into apartments.

Previously, Collins had indicated that the investors wanted to look at working initially on one of the hotels and transforming it into a senior living center.

Vazquez had wrote in a project update summary that if those changes in plans were formalized, the CRA Board would need to determine if it wanted to continue its $150,000 support of the project or rebudget the money.

However, that won’t a factor because the project is proceeding as originally planned, she indicated.

The Board also will consider at its next meeting in November whether to proceed with plans for a dog park. An agenda project summary said that plans have been revised five times to reduce the project’s effects on neighbors.

Vazquez also said that the Wayfinding project is moving forward after a new company was selected to make the signs.

The wayfinding sign system is designed to help people find major destinations, such as the courthouse, when they visit the downtown area.

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