FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON MAY 26th, 2006
Grand opening highlights successful RACM/DPW
The recent grand opening of the Department of Public Works' new field operations facility in the 3800 block of N. 35th Street marked the successful conclusion of a creative partnership between the Redevelopment Authority and DPW. The facility, constructed on 25 acres of the former Tower Automotive plant property, unites DPW and Waterworks activities that formerly were scattered among six locations. One of those locations, the Traser Yards at 6th and Canal, was part of the property purchased by Harley-Davidson for its new museum.
In order to meet Harley's deadlines, RACM entered into a development agreement with a private developer to construct the building according to DPW's specifications. The building was turned over to DPW upon completion. DPW and Waterworks staff have occupied the new facility since February. At the formal grand opening May 25, both Mayor Tom Barrett and DPW Commissioner Jeff Mantes noted enthusiastically that the RACM/DPW partnership produced a building "on time and under budget."