St. Louis County Board Approves $46 Million Capital Improvement Plan

Ryan Juntti
Updated: January 09, 2018 11:26 PM

DULUTH - The St. Louis County Board unanimously approved a five-year $46 million Capital Improvement Plan on Tuesday that will allow for two new facilities to be built. The plan identifies priority projects from 2018-2022.

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The plan is amended each year, and covers everything from environmental services and landfills to roads and bridge infrastructure.    

As part of the plan, a new Government Services Center North facility is going to be built in Virginia, and a Public Works Maintenance Facility is going to be built in Cook. 

"We are past due to make these investments," said Kevin Gray, St. Louis County Administrator. "We want to first and foremost serve our residents in the best way possible," Gray said.

$28 million is going to be issued in February to help fund the Government Services Center project and the initial costs for the Public Works Maintenance Facility in Cook, according to a release from St. Louis County. The release says it is anticipated that the remainder of the Cook project would be funded later on this year.    

Gray says the projects are important for the county, but will help bring in jobs as well.

"It's tremendously important to the working women and men in our construction trades and labor trades throughout St. Louis County," said Gray. 

One of those labor workers voiced his support for the plan at the meeting on Tuesday.

"I support the capital improvement plan and the intent to issue the bonds for it," said Norm Voorhees, Iron Workers Union #512 Rep.  

The Government Services Center will allow for people to access county services from more than 10 departments in one place, according to the release. It will replace the Northland Office Building. Gray says groundbreaking for that project is expected to start this summer, with a goal completion date of fall 2019. 

The project for the Public Works Maintenance Facility in Cook will include remodeling the existing Disability Specialist Building to be used for office space for Public Works, and other departments, according to the release.

The release says it will also include constructing three new buildings on the 60-acre site: an 82,000 square foot heated building for vehicle storage and mechanic space, a 16,500 square foot cold storage building, and a 16,500 square foot structure for salt and sand storage. That project is expected to be finished by fall of 2019, according to Gray.      





Ryan Juntti

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