South Portland has a unique opportunity to acquire a newly constructed four-story building that would allow the city to have all their departments under one roof. This would save the city from spending monies to renovate and maintain these very old buildings that are falling in disrepair.
For several years I have watched South Portland City Hall become an eyesore. The building is beyond rehabilitation due to several deficiencies. This building meets none of the city’s building codes such as plumbing, electrical, fire, accessibility and most of all air quality, due to the moisture in the lower level causing mold and mildew.
The city has spent thousands of dollars trying to fix this problem and it failed. The lower level is now used for storage instead of offices. This foul air permeates through the entire building. The employees have a right to a healthy environment, not having to breathe this daily.
In addition to this moisture problem the building needs a new roof, insulation, furnace, elevator and floorboard replacements under the existing floor coverings.
The new building on Waterman Drive was built to LEED specifications, with latest environmental technology. Building green is the way of the future, and this has been built green. There will be no maintenance on this building for 30 years, versus the existing city buildings, which are repaired yearly with not too much success.
I urge the City not to pass up this opportunity.