By JOHN BRANDI
The Bronxville Board of Trustees is still not pleased with the costs associated with a plan to remodel and rebuild two sections of the Department of Public Works’ facility on Palumbo Place.
The original cost of approximately $8 million struck a nerve with the board, so much so that it asked White Plains-based Calgi Construction Management and architect Michael Smith to revise the price per square footage and find some cost-cutting in the project. Village Administrator James Palmer said the plans came back at a reduced cost of $6.2 million and with a revised layout, scaling down the proposal from a three-building plan back to two.
However, the village board is still concerned about the financial ramifications associated with the project and has tasked Palmer with trying to slash the costs further. The board has also requested that the village administrator figure out a funding source for the project.
The original plan, presented back in May, called for the removal of the two current structures, which have outgrown their purpose, to make way for three newly-constructed, standalone buildings to increase parking and storage of the village’s service vehicles and roadway salt.
After that plan was scrapped due to cost, the architect presented the current iteration, which calls for the remodeling—not overall removal—of the building where DPW workers have downtime and gather across from the Bronxville Cemetery. Onto this structure, Palmer said, would be the incorporation of an indoor wash bay because the current outdoor system is ineffective.
Palmer previously told the Review that an indoor wash bay was a high priority, as the vehicles are being washed outside in a sort of “vortex system” which cleans the trucks. That system, Palmer said, does not adequately wash the trucks as thoroughly as an in-door system.
The remodeled building would also be used for parking, with spots laid out for around 14 vehicles.
The second building, in place of the current obsolete storage shed, would be constructed closer to Midland Avenue and would house the village’s garbage trucks, according to Palmer. A separate compartment would be used for the storage of the roadway salt supply, which is used in the winter months for de-icing.
The lack of indoor storage has had a disastrous effect on the village’s service vehicles’ lifespan, according to village
Meanwhile, the design also showed paving and additional parking spaces around the new salt shed and along Palumbo Place, according to the architect. The thinking is that this salt shed would be smaller in size than the current one and would free up the surrounding space.
When revised plans with a softer pricetag will be presented to the Board of
Trustees remains unknown, as of press time.