IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. — Local and state officials celebrated the start of construction at the site of the future Public Works facility in the Town of Irondequoit.
A Christmas Eve fire in 2016 damaged about half of the former building at the Town Hall campus. That fire not only damaged the DPW facility, it also took out about a third of the fleet.
Neighboring towns temporarily loaned trucks to Irondequoit to continue necessary services like snow removal.
The accidental fire caused millions of dollars in damages. Town Supervisor Dave Seeley (D) said the town also lost 17 vehicles in the fire.
The town constructed a temporary, four-season structure on the old garage site to use until the new building is complete.
The new Irondequoit DPW is a 74,000 square-foot facility that will eventually house a 70 member staff and hold 100 vehicles.
It's located on land near the 590/104 interchange. It will be about twice the size of the old building.
According to officials, insurance money and a capital bond will fund most of the project, which is estimated to cost $15 million dollars.
“This is the largest vacant plot of land in Irondequoit. We're a town that's almost entirely built out. There are no suitable parcels of land that mirror this,” said Seeley.
The new facility is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.