The City currently operates its field services, primarily the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation and other services such as Engineering Traffic and Transportation, Housing Services maintenance, and satellite maintenance facilities at remote locations, in older buildings and outdated facilities. In order to better serve Des Moines’ citizens and realize organizational efficiencies, the City is considering consolidating into sustainable facilities that are centrally-located on a single site.
One of the current facilities, the City’s Service Yards at SE 20th Street and Scott Avenue housing Public Works, Parks, and Engineering functions, will be displaced by the planned extension of the Southeast Connector. The City has entered into development agreements with Kemin Industries for portions of this site that will remain after the construction of the SE Connector. Kemin has a phased plan for occupying this site beginning with commitments for property disposal beginning immediately and continuing through 2014. The need for replacement facilities has been accommodated by temporary relocation of Public Works to 903 SE 22nd Street. Design and construction of the first phase of the new facility will accommodate the remainder of the needed replacement facilities.
A centrally-located site with up to 40-50 acres in the vicinity of SE 14th Street and the future SE Connector has been identified that would facilitate efficient operations and organizational development. An RFP was issued to develop a master plan for this area to meet the needs for providing municipal services and realize potential opportunities related to the general program and particular site. A consultant team led by Neuman Monson, P.C. is currently developing the master plan and recommendations for a facilities and space program to meet the City’s immediate needs for relocation and future needs for consolidating our service facilities into a single Municipal Services Center. The Master Plan for the Municipal Services Center is scheduled to be complete late in 2011 and construction on phase 1 of the facility is anticipated to begin in early 2013.
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