The Public Works Service Facility is located on 15th Street, north of the railroad tracks. The first phase of construction will include six new buildings — a central administrative building, a shop, a fleet building, and three storage buildings.
Town breaks ground on new Public Works facility
The crunch of the earth and the eruption of cheers resonated on the empty lot as Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Culture staff dug into the soil for the ground breaking of the new Public Works Service Facility on October 10.
The ground breaking marked a milestone several years in the making, and with an aggressive construction schedule, the project is anticipated to be complete in late fall 2017.
“We’ve been planning for this facility for years,” said Terry Walker, director of Public Works. “It’s a great feeling to finally see it begin to take shape.”
The new Public Works Service Facility, located on north 15th Street, will house the Public Works Department in the initial phase and the Parks & Open Space Division in the future. The facility will help alleviate overcrowding experienced in the current location.
“We’ve outgrown our current space,” Walker said. “The current facility, leased in 1997, housed eight staff members and served a population of 9,000 residents. Since that time, the town has nearly tripled in size and staffing levels have increased.”
The first phase of construction will focus on developing 10 acres this year, providing space for the departments to expand on the 24-acre site with projected growth through 2035.
“The new facility will allow us to meet the needs of our growing town,” said Streets Supervisor Brian Rowe.
The Town of Windsor will not incur new debt or request a sales tax increase as a result of the project. For several years, the town set aside capital funds to pay for the $13-million facility. In addition to the savings, the town was awarded a $1.5 million Energy Impact Grant, administered by the Department of Local Affairs, to help make the project a reality.
“Overall, this new facility will help us better serve our community,” said Rowe. “We’ll be able to improve the quality of life for Windsor residents by maintaining infrastructure, protecting health and safety, and planning for future needs.”