Concrete next for MPD-FD site?

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY The Marshalltown Police Department/Fire Department HQ site in the 900 block of South 2nd Street is pictured recently. Work completed since the first week of August included removal of the Knights of Columbus Hall building and significant grading.

The mammoth work site in the 900 block of South 2nd Street is quiet now.

Locked gates, and a tall chain link fence surrounds, keeping the curious out.

It is the future home of the joint Marshalltown Police Department/Fire Department headquarters.

But the peace and quiet may be disturbed in the near future, according to Mike Welter of Story Construction in Ames.

Will it be from the roar of concrete trucks?

Story Construction was hired by the city of Marshalltown as construction manager for the not-to-exceed $17.5 million dollar project.

He was at a city council meeting earlier this week to take questions from councilors on any of the 27 separate bid package resolutions on the agenda.

They ranged from concrete to masonry to roofing.

All necessary to keep the project moving forward.

Councilor Leon Lamer asked, “when will we see concrete being poured?”

“Approximately three weeks,” Welter responsed.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the $17.5 million dollar project in August, 2016 after earlier rejecting a police-only facility on 6th Street — at a site known as the Old Crosby Swimming Pool and near the entrance to the American Legion Golf Course.

Helping a local citizen’s advisory committee, which recommended the city build a new joint facility, were Jim Classe, Curtis Fields and Steve Riley of Prochaska & Associates of Omaha, Neb.

The firm was hired in the fall of 2015 after a competitive process.

The police building at 22 N. Center St. and the fire house at 107 S. First Ave. — have serious building or size deficiencies — and remodeling options for both were ruled out by all as being cost prohibitive.

Occupancy of the facility is scheduled for December, 2018.


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