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DPW Building Committee Votes to Site Public Works Facility By Tabor Drive

The decision now goes to the Board of Selectman for its approval.

The on Tuesday voted unanimously to recommend a tract of land off Tabor Drive for the construction of a new Department of Public Works.

The committee has worked since the fall of 2010 on the site selection, at first considering seven sites before winnowing it down to two—the site, which the town of Branford seized by eminent domain in 2004, and a private property at 20 Northeast Industrial Road.

The committee proceeded on studies prepared by the Foxboro, Mass.-based engineering consulting firm of Weston & Sampson.

“There’s twice the space.  It’s not as cramped,” said Director and building committee member Art Baker of the site by Tabor Drive.  He noted that the Tabor Drive site would provide 10 acres of space versus five acres at the site on Northeast Industrial Road.

Baker noted that the location for the diesel fuel pump used by first responder vehicles would exist outside the gate of the facility if it were sited by Tabor Drive, thus making it easier for the first responder vehicles to refuel.

“They come and go at all hours of the night,” he said.

Also working in favor of the Tabor Drive site, according to Baker, is the fact that the Industrial Road site is on a flood plain.

“A 100-year storm would come up to the corner of the building,” Baker said.

Although concerning contamination on the Tabor Drive property, Baker noted that the Northeast Industrial Road site has known contamination, whereas concern on the Tabor Drive site has centered on potential contamination.

Baker noted that the costs for the new DPW building that Branford plans to build are what he termed middle-of-the-road for DPW buildings that are going up today.  Those costs range from $180 per square foot to $260 per square foot.

The building planned to headquarter the DPW in Branford – down from an initial 46,000 square feet to 34,000 square feet – would cost $220 per square foot, Baker said.

If constructed at Tabor Drive, the entire cost of the project would fall just under $10 million. The $1.25 million cost of the Industrial Road property would add to that.

Baker touted the features of the DPW facility that the , such as a dedicated maintenance space for the DPW vehicles, a wash space and a permanent salt shed.

He said the committee hoped to present its decision and the findings on the two sites at the Board of Selectman meeting January 18, with consideration by the Board of Finance and the Representative Town Meeting to follow.

“I‘d like to be optimistic and say we could break ground on this project by the end of 2012,” Baker said.   

Kurt Treiber, who chaired the building committee, was not available for comment. 

Wayne Cooke January 05, 2012 at 11:52 AM
DaRos is pushing Tabor for Public Works at all costs to "validate" his dishonest twenty million dollar taking of the property by eminent domain. There is much more to the potential contamination issue than your article provides. In addition, it is of enormous concern to most observers that the project went from an estimated six million dollars two years ago to eleven million dollars today. Once again, you present an incomplete one-sided account, which does a disservice to your readers. Were you even at the meeting?
SolarPete January 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM
when I was a child around MR Cookes age Tabor area was mostly marsh land The town filled much in for the dump area and if any contamination will end up in the river
Wayne Cooke January 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
RB...That's such an irresponsible and ignorant statement you must be talking to DaRos. Potentially lethal for homeowners, but just fine for public works personnel, is that it? Do you even know what the carcinogenic standards for both types of development are? Once again, you don't understand the issue--nor do you want to. But do come to the selectmen's meeting on 1/18 and enlighten us all.
SolarPete January 05, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Now Wayne donot get upset u have to watch ur blood pressure
SolarPete January 05, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I do hope the EPA requires them to install a burm and other safety things to make sure no contaminates get into any ground water or the meadows around the river Oh and RB u should NEVER attack anyone on here because of their name family or job the boss can toss u off
Amanda Ballou January 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I've been playing on the land trust land that borders the Tabor property since i was 5 yrs old. I wish you all could see the black sludge oil lakes they have back there.
SolarPete January 05, 2012 at 03:42 PM
RB the area off tabor was once all marshland don't u get it before u and I walked on the earth it was a marsh land u have to watch what u say when it comes to attacking with words ones family name the boss of the site can kick u off I know I was removed once
Wayne Cooke January 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
RB....Do your homework and get the facts.....I don't have time to spoon feed you on this one too.
SolarPete January 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
the property that cosgrove had use to be farm land in 30s but before that is was marsh or part of water shed of bfd river it as the old dump was connected to the sybil creek and the area of tabor there r oil pits buried but they will be find ask wayne he has a site about the pollution from the dump
Alicia Capasse January 21, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Who owns the site at Norteast Industrial? How much will it cost to buy it?

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