JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown is one step closer to developing a new central garage after the council passed a resolution buying a new property on Monday night.
The lawmaking group okayed the purchase of the former Hartley Buick GMC dealership on Washington Street. The property will cost the city $400,000 to buy.
Mayor Eddie Sundquist says this is part of an ongoing project to find more room for the city’s maintenance of vehicles.
“If any of you have the luxury and opportunity to go through our central garage, we are at capacity, we are keeping vehicles on the outside of the garage,” said Sundquist. “We just don’t have enough room as it stands right now.”
The original plan was to build a new garage for $4 million on Crescent Street. Even with a $1 million grant from the state going towards the project, costs of a new build like this have risen significantly.
In addition to the $400,000 to acquire the building, Sunquist says that the project requires $1.7 million in construction costs to modify the current property to accommodate the city’s vehicles.
“If we were to purchase it, that would require us to do an adaptive reuse to add on to it to handle some of our larger trucks such as our fire trucks, but it would provide us a substantially lower cost of construction just to add on versus a completely new build on crescent street,” said Sunquist.
He estimates that the purchase will save the city $1.9 million. Sunqusist also noted that the city will only be purchasing part of the property with the rest being purchased by a developer.
Also approved by the council was new fire reporting software for the city’s fire department. The software cost $154,675 and will increase efficiency in the Fire Department’s Reporting who currently does their reporting by hand.