Portage street department facility moving forward

2013-02-28T19:00:00Z 2013-02-28T21:33:04Z Portage street department facility moving forwardJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The project to rebuild the city's street and sanitation department facility moved forward this week.

The Redevelopment Commission approved seeking bids for the first phase of the project.

The first phase involves construction of a parking area/storage yard on the far east end of the department's property off Hamstrom Road.

Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe said the bid specifications include removal of a large pile of concrete from the Crisman stormwater pond area on Portage Avenue and using the crushed concrete as fill.

The gravel parking/storage area will be about three acres and is the first necessary piece in a longer term project to reconstruct the facility.

The project calls for razing all buildings on the site except for the salt storage shed and Utility Department facility. Six new buildings and two lean-to structures are planned. They would include a new office/break room/locker room building on the far west end of the complex and a new maintenance building, sign shop, vehicle garage, drainage building and larger salt storage facility. The new construction would add about 20 bays to put all department vehicles under roof. The present salt storage structure would be turned into a bulk storage facility.

The estimated cost for the entire project is between $7.1 million and $7.8 million.

Bids on the first phase of the project will be opened at the commission's March 27 meeting. Construction is expected to begin May 1.

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