Town could spend $15M on public works building

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The construction of a new building near Parker’s southern boundary will give the town’s public works department a little more breathing room.

The yearlong, $15.6 million project at Hess Road and Tammy Lane will house the streets, traffic and stormwater departments and enable public works to operate for at least the next 20 years, public works director Mike Sutherland said during a May presentation to town council.

Parker’s facility maintenance staff will remain at the public works headquarters on Motsenbocker Road. That building, on the western end of Salisbury Park, is a refurbished horse barn that has become cramped as the department has grown.

Douglas County’s road and bridge maintenance facility is adjacent to the project site, and Parker paid $485,000 for 10 acres after the county declined a town request to donate the land. Construction on the building is tentatively scheduled to commence in spring 2014, with completion expected by spring 2015.

The project is in the schematic design phase and construction funding has not officially been approved. It is anticipated to be part of the town's 2014 budget.

Roughly 65-70 percent of the building's square-footage will be occupied after completion; the remained of the space is reserved for future expansion, said projects manager Chris Hudson.

It will have room to store street sweepers and crack seal machines, as well as specialized turf equipment and Bobcats that are currently being kept outdoors and are vulnerable to damage from the elements. The building also will accommodate the public works department’s first welding and fabrication shop.

Sutherland said it will have plenty of roof space for solar panels “if and when we decide to make the facility self-sufficient.”

Roughly $11.5 million of the money for the building is coming from the Town of Parker’s streets and traffic fund, while about $3 million will be drawn from its stormwater fund. Douglas County, which will share with Parker a storage facility for de-icing materials, is contributing $889,000.

The new building is going up at a site about a quarter-mile south of the Motsenbocker Road headquarters because the town decided to expand Salisbury Park and its equestrian amenities, leaving no room for growth there. If a new function is added to the public works department, the town has the ability to build on four acres adjacent to the 10-acre parcel at Hess Road and Tammy Lane.

By the numbers

Cost of building: $15.6 million

Acres: 10

Cost of land: $485,000

Space occupied after completion: 65-70 percent

Project duration: one year

Start of construction: spring 2014