To provide a state of the art public works facilities for the Public Services Department that will support current and future Department missions and tasks and provide adequate space for personnel, equipment, and material in order for the town to provide high quality services to the Towns residents now and in the future.
Status (As of March 11, 2019)
Concept drawings have been developed. Project status presentation was provided at this month's Public Services Committee meeting. Project construction phasing being finalized.
- Start: July 2018
- Finish: TBD
Master Plan Cost: $250,000
What is the project?
The operations center will enable the Public Services Department to maintain and improve critical citizen services necessary to serve a growing community. The plan includes building on the current Six Mile facility located on Sweetgrass Basket Parkway and the Lieben Road facility located on the northern end of Mount Pleasant. The modern facilities will include a larger fleet maintenance building, covered parking to protect capital assets, a yard debris transfer yard that complies with current and future environmental standards, and office space for Town employees.
Why is it needed?
With a projected population increase of nearly 30,000 residents and 6,000 new single-family residences expected over the next 20 years, updating the Public Services facilities and expanding to the north side of Town is not just a necessity, it is a critical project to maintain our current level of service to our citizens.
The new operations center will replace the current 30+ year-old facility increasing efficiency and the ability to respond to our growing community. As additional residential development occurs in the northern part of town, the facility on Lieben Road will fulfill a critical need to better serve those existing and future residences. Town resources can be placed in multiple locations to decrease drive time for crews while increasing productivity.
In addition, the ability to strategically place our resources in different parts of Town will further bolster the Town’s ability to be more immediate in our response during emergencies and weather events. Public Services plays a critical role in the Town’s preparation for emergencies and storms as well as the sometimes-extensive recovery periods that follow by addressing issues with stormwater, flooding, and debris removal to ensure the public’s safety on our streets and in our community.
Finally, upcoming environmental regulations will require new standards and processes to be in place, which our current facilities are unable to meet. We must bring our operations center into compliance. Doing so is not only legally required, but beneficial for our environmental health and public service capabilities.
How much will it cost?
The project is estimated to cost $30 million for construction of a facility to meet future and anticipated needs. Similar to the $42 million facility constructed in 2015 by the City of North Charleston for their public works department, this facility and other improvements will enable us to better serve our community going forward.
What does it mean for the community?
“The construction of the Public Services operations center is critical in maintaining the same high level of service and quality of life to every resident in Mount Pleasant now and in the future,” said Peele. “It is a necessity we can no longer put off and a key part in sustaining the Town’s high standards. I am thankful to Town Council for recognizing the need and supporting this project.”
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