Demolition Work Begins at Site of New City Services Building
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Preparations begin Monday morning on the project to replace the Public Works Building in Cedar Rapids with the future City Services Center.
The new building is currently scheduled to open sometime in the fall of 2014. Before demolition can begin on the main building, there's a lot of preparation and pre-demolition work that has to be done first.
Monday morning a crew will begin tearing up a parking lot and a couple of smaller facilities next to the main public works building on 6th Street SW.
“The plan is this is a two year project, so for the first year we are going to take out that south parking lot, that looks like it’s right by where the salt building is, for most people when they’re thinking of that lot on 15th Avenue, take out that parking lot build an office building, move all of our employees over and then a year from now the actual building will come down,” said Building Project Lead Sandi Fowler.
The parking lot was the place where Public Works stored a lot of its vehicles and larger equipment. City workers moved fleet vehicles to other locations throughout the city for storage as they make way for the demolition crew. Road workers are, however, keeping the snow plows and winter vehicles on hand for the winter season, while the work begins.
Public Works leaders know this will be a tough project to complete. Over the next two years, they will conduct business out of the same building workers are trying to rebuild.
"The key is we are moving forward and this is one of the last major structures in the city that we need to move forward for since the flood of 2008. It's a go, so that's key for us. This is the beginning of a journey,” said Public Works Maintenance Manager.
The demo work on the main Public Works building won't start until next fall.
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