The estimated construction cost is more than $7.4 million; that is about $3.4 million for the Parks Administration buildings and site improvements and just over $4 million for the Metro Transfer Station buildings and site improvements.
VBX described this project in a March 13 report when the architects came forward for permission to proceed to the schematic design phase. The project site is on a 20-acre tract that was acquired by the city from Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Overall site plan for the metro/parks complex. Courtesy: Negrete & Kolar Architects.
David Negrete, lead architect, presented to the commissioners a 3D video simulated aerial tour of a concept design. The planned structures include a transit pavilion for bus riders, a Metro administrative building, a Parks and Recreation Department administrative building and a Parks & Rec maintenance warehouse.
Negrete said the maintenance building can be used for the maintenance and repair of city bus and Parks & Rec vehicles.
There is also fleet vehicle parking for city transit buses and Parks & Rec vehicles, employee parking, and a Park & Ride lot for bus patrons.
Negrete estimated the bid for a contractor will take place in the latter part of this year, in time for the commission to make a decision on selecting a contractor before the end of the year. He added that the construction phase will take from 10 to 12 months.
Commissioners asked City Engineer Yvette Barrera what will happen to the existing produce warehouses. Barrera said they will be demolished.
Negrete added that the structures that came with the property were inspected and found to be in such a poor condition that it was more cost effective to scrap them and build anew.
Birds-eye view of the Metro Transfer Station and Parks & Rec complex. Courtesy: Negrete & Kolar Architects.
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