Donning hard hats and hoisting ceremonial shovels, Mayor Cathy Noon and the nine members of the city council helped kick off renovation work on the city's new public works complex at an Oct. 1 groundbreaking.
The city paid cash to acquire the 9.2-acre property, which is located at 7272 S. Eagle St. and was formerly the BMC West lumber yard.
“The city council should be proud of itself for stepping up and paying cash for this facility,” City Manager John Danielson said at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony attended by about 60 people, including a number of city employees.
“Centennial has no debt,” Danielson said. “The council recognized that it's time to stop leasing and renting facilities and own something.”
Danielson called the new complex, located a block west of Jordan Road, “a legacy project that will be here for 20 or 30 years and allow the city to maintain continuity of operations. And it's paid for in full from day one.”
By acquiring the abandoned parcel at below market value and moving to consolidate public works in one location, Noon said the city council was “trying to be innovative and seize opportunity. Owning this facility instead of renting allows the city to be more efficient in providing services at a lower long-term cost.”
The city purchased the abandoned parcel in September 2012 for $2.75 million, one-quarter of its original market value. Council has budgeted an additional $2.7 million to complete the renovations.
Since Centennial's incorporation, the city has contracted its public works services through CH2M HILL and rented both office space and a maintenance building for public works through its contracts for these services.
When renovation work on the Eagle Street facility is complete, the complex will house all of the city's public-works services as well as animal services, code compliance and the city's 24/7 Citizen Response Center.
The property already includes a 14,550-square-foot office building, a 12,500-square- foot warehouse, a 15,000-square-foot shed and a concrete yard covering approximately five and a half acres.
Modifications to the property's existing structures are scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
Saunders Construction is the general contractor for the site improvements.