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Mar 2 24 tweets 4 min read
Next up: A quick review of plans for a new Fire Station No. 3
That's being relocated out of the floodplain (30th/Arap)…
It's quite pricey: Last I checked (fall 2021) the budget was $23.5M — $11M *over* budget, primarily due to the high cost of land to build on ($9M for 2751 and 2875 30th St
That $11M is coming from the CCS extension

The new Fire Station No. 3 will have: "4 apparatus bays, administration offices, exercise, meeting, dining, and living room spaces along with bunk rooms for firefighters and administrative offices"…
Here's a photo of the current site
And a rendering of the fancy new fire station
This will be a net-zero fire station, in case you were wondering.
Wallach Sigh-O-Meter: 0.35
Wallach: The structure is beautiful. Can you tell me what it's going to cost?
$18M, Adam Goldstone says.

$18M + $9M for the land = $27M, so a slightly higher budget than was even projected this past fall.
And more than twice the original budget of $12.5M
Friend asks (again) about TAB having a look at the site review for Fire Station No. 3. Some transportation impacts bc of a new access road.

Unclear if TAB *can* look at it, bc site reviews are quasi-judicial (so they can't really have a legal say over approval)
But the city itself is the applicant here, and the approving authority so....?
Wallach: How many bids are you getting on this project?
Goldstone: We went through an RFP (competitive bidding process) and have a firm that will have a guaranteed maximum price in the contract.
Friend wants to call this up (meaning council will review the existing decision from Planning Board) because she wants TAB feedback, and this is the only way to do that.
"I would love to have their input before we finalize this," Friend says.
Wallach: "I'm agnostic on it" but could support a call up.
Brockett: "I totally appreciate your point and where you're coming from," but I'm concerned about delay "on a project that's already over budget and staff that's already taxed" for time.
Speer could support a call-up as well, but wondering how much it would delay the project.

Planner Charles Ferro: It depends on TAB's feedback. At least 90 days.
I'm also hearing DAB = Design Advisory Board, so maybe council is suggesting feedback from both...?
Fire chief Mike Calderazzo: We were hoping on moving into that facility in 2024. It's crucial to us rolling out Advanced Life Support for emergency response. Delaying this will just push that out further.
Elaine McLaughlin: This has been through concept review, and neither council nor planning board suggested it should go to DAB or TAB.
Friend: What I'm hearing is it would only cause significant delays if TAB/DAB recommend substantial changes. And if that's the case, maybe those are needed. We want experts to look at this.

I would put this to TAB if they can get to it quickly. Otherwise not.
Others, though, don't want the delay. So Fire Station No. 3 is officially cleared for construction from elected and appointed officials.
But many promises to involved DAB/TAB more in the future. As we've heard before.
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Yes, I am still here. Next: When will council return to chambers for meetings? COVID transmission is still high but falling pretty quickly.…
Apparently April 5 at the very earliest for council, and May 3 for the public. As you'll see in that presentation.
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Replace with 8-ft “streetscaping planting strip” and 10-ft sidewalk, protected bike lanes

Planning Board OK’d 5-0
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OK, our crime update.
Presentation here:…
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Judge Linda Cooke is here to give a quarterly update on the municipal court, including a super-quick run down on what muni court is and what they do.…
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This work is funded by a federal grant.
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CAP tax (on electricity use)
UOT (originally to fund the muni but now the partnership work with Xcel)
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