That the sewer plant is located where it is is an unfortunate, decades-old legacy of poor planning. It makes no sense to compound the problem by further industrializing the riverfront. With its truck fleet and the need for significantly greater fuel and materials storage, that would be the net effect. It seems that it would also complicate access to the gardens and also cut into public parking down there, which has increased dramatically in the past year or two. I’m curious why you think this should happen? Are the current DPW facilities inadequate?
The thinking on this one is to move the truck bays and offices down there without expanding the footprint of the existing plant. Besides the parking lot there that is never used, there is quite a bit of land within the fenced-in perimeter of the sewer plant itself.
I know you’ve been out of town for a while, Jason. Check out the parking lot on a nice weekend evening. The overflow from Gilded Otter/La Stazione is in that lot after they’ve finished parking all over the lawn. It also fills up with people unloading their bikes for rail trail rides. Perhaps we should move DPW to the new commuter lot on North Chestnut which, on a busy day, has about four cars in it. I reckon it took about $150K and 6 months per car to build that lot. What a boondoggle.
Good point, Billy – maybe i haven’t seen that parking lot on busy weekends. I’ll try to remember to head down there on a busy tourist day. I do remember it being used — but more on the Huguenot Street end than the sewer plant end. At least down there, there’s lots of space, some of which is used as a utlilitarian storage area for mulch, old storm pipes, etc. It seems to me that we could integrate the garage and offices into the existing plant and, if necessary, use the back part of the parking lot. We don’t need to use the same exact garage design, either — there could be stand alone storage sheds within the sewer plant grounds for some of what is stored in the current garage, for example.