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Windsor officials break ground on $13 million new public works facility

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Windsor Mayor Kristie Melendez, center, and town board members Paul Rennemeyer, right center, and Ken Bennett, right, throw shovelfuls of dirt as they break ground on construction at the new public works facility. The new facility — located west of 15th Street on the north side of town — should help alleviate overcrowding and increase staff efficiencies. Officials expect construction to finish in fall 2017.

Windsor officials broke ground Monday night on the town's latest project, a new public works facility.

Only two days after local officials cut the ribbon on the $16.1 million Community Recreation Center expansion, town board members ceremonially started work on the new $13 million public works facility.

Windsor officials made the facility a goal in 2009. Since then it climbed to a top priority in the town's capital improvements, strategic and comprehensive plans.

"Today marks a milestone for the town of Windsor," said Mayor Kristie Melendez. "We've grown from a one-stoplight town."

Windsor's rapid growth created overcrowding concerns at the current public works building, she said.

The new facility — located west of 15th Street on the north side of town — should help alleviate overcrowding and increase staff efficiencies. Officials expect construction to finish in fall 2017.

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The new Public Works Service Facility will house the varied Public Works departments — administration, streets, utilities, fleet maintenance — and Parks and Open Space at the 24-acre site.

Initial construction will concentrate on developing 10 acres for Public Works staff by fall 2017, providing space for the departments to expand with projected growth through 2035.

Plans for the new facilities include expanded office space, equipment maintenance and storage facilities, workshop space and fueling services for the department's vehicles.

Three years ago town board members started setting aside money for the facility, said Town Manager Kelly Arnold. With that preemptive saving and grant support the town will pay for the new facility without incurring any new debt.

Windsor received a $1.5 million Colorado Department of Local Affairs Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant and a $5,000 contribution from Great Western Oil and Gas Company to help in the construction of the new public works facility.

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Windsor’s town board members ceremonially broke ground Monday night on the construction of a new public works facility on 15th Street on the north side of town.

As construction ramps up in the next few months, FCI Construction Vice President Bryan Hemeyer said to expect buildings to start taking visible shape in February.

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