Salina residents spoke out Monday night when the possibility of purchasing a Burdick Chevrolet building was discussed as a solution to the aging infrastructure of the Salina Town Hall and highway garage.
Supervisor Mark Nicotra and Town Engineer James Trasher, representing Clough Harbor, held a Facility Assessment and Capital Planning presentation inform residence of the costs that would need to go into both buildings in order to make them safe and efficient workplaces.
The 44,000-square-foot Salina Town Hall, located at 201 School Road, Liverpool, was built in 1935 and purchased for use by the town in 1984. Less than 50 percent of it is currently used for town operations. It has a cracked, leaking roof, an outdated, inefficient boiler and HVAC system and limited handicapped accessibility. Nicotra also expressed concerns about lead paint and asbestos in the structure. According to the presentation, the cost of renovating the building would be approximately $1.68 million.
The presentation also addressed the highway garage; Nicotra called that structure a “number one priority” given its poor condition. The repairs to the garage, located at 601 Factory Ave, Mattydale, would likely cost about $6.2 million. The building was said to have a number of structural issues, as well as unsuitable soils for a sound foundation, inefficient heat and lighting and no insulation.
The town has a couple of options, according to Trasher. The first is to do nothing, which, Trasher said, isn’t really a possibility, given the extensive issues both buildings have. Next is to repair the buildings at the given costs.
The final option is to purchase the 90,000-square-foot Burdick Chevrolet building on Old Liverpool Road, which Burdick will vacate by the end of 2011 when it moves all of its vehicles to Drivers Village in Cicero. Burdick bought the property from Bresee Chevrolet in the spring of this year for $1.6 million. The town would need to make significant renovations to the property in order to make it suitable for the town’s needs; thus, the total cost for the town of Salina would be approximately $5.93 million.