Portland seeks bids for new DPW service facility

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PORTLAND — The city is seeking bids to move its Department of Public Works fleet services from 44 Hanover St. in Bayside to 250 Canco Road.

A request for proposals seeks a contractor to build a 10,400 square feet facility and renovate 24,000 square feet of existing space to service city vehicles and add offices, a parts room, a break room and truck wash bay.

Cost estimates were not included in the RFP. But sketches depict seven service bay doors and plans detail areas for a machine shop, storage of bulk fluids, and second-floor storage mezzanines.

According to the RFP, the city expects to open bids at 3 p.m. June 19, and is requiring bidders to attend a 10 a.m. pre-bid meeting June 5 at 250 Canco Road.

The contract will require all work to be completed by July 15, 2019, with the wash bay operating by Dec. 3 this year.

Plan drawings by Winton Scott Architects, working with project engineers from Sebago Technics, show the addition would be built at the rear of the building on Canco Road.

“Sitework includes excavation, grading, demolition, site utility work, paving and striping,” according to the RFP.

The fleet services addition to the building would mark the final step in shifting DPW operations from Bayside to 250 Canco Road. The building was once a warehouse and distribution center for PepsiCo, and was bought by the city in 2015 for $2.7 million.

The city bought an adjacent property at 212 Canco Road in 2014. That building now houses the Parks, Recreation & Facilities Division. In March, the city filed a site plan application in order to shift DPW offices from 55 Portland St. to 212 Canco Road.

The offices at 55 Portland St. were sold for $1.4 million in January.

The offices and fleet services are the last remnants of DPW operations that once filled the area around Portland, Parris, Kennebec and Alder streets in Bayside.

Over the last year, the city marketed and sold six parcels in the neighborhood, with the sale of 44 Hanover St. for $1.3 million approved in March by city councilors. Tom Watson of Port Property Management plans to convert the building to mixed use with 16 units of 3,500 square feet for lease.

The spaces would be “affordable/accessible to the creative economy at under $1,000/month,” city Economic Development Director Greg Mitchell said in a Feb. 27 memo to the council.

Watson’s plans will be delayed for at least a year, because he will now lease the building back to the city for continued use for vehicle maintenance for $12,500. The lease could extend through Sept. 30, 2019, and the city has committed to paying at least $75,000.

The six Bayside properties were sold for a combined $6.6 million, with proceeds intended to defray costs of shifting operations to Canco Road.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

The city of Portland is looking for bidders to expand the Public Works Department operations at 250 Canco Road for fleet services now based in Bayside.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.