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$11 million public works complex could save time and money for city employees

This complex would add needed storage space for snow plows, dump trucks and water equipment in the first phase. In future phases, the complex will also have storage space for transit and waste vehicles.

Iowa City is now one step closer to having its own public works complex. City council leaders voted 6-0 for the $11 million dollar project to begin taking bids.

The funding would cover the first phase of the complex, which would include a 50,000 square foot garage, a wash bay for city service vehicles, and a shop.

It will be located between Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and Napoleon Park at 3800 Napoleon Ln.

City leaders said public works buildings are currently scattered all over the city, which forces workers to travel between locations.

This complex would add needed storage space for snow plows, dump trucks and water equipment in the first phase. In future phases, the complex will also have storage space for transit and waste vehicles.

The first phase will also include a storage facility for police and fire department equipment. It will also include a three-story training tower for firefighters to practice real-life fire scenarios.

City leaders said this first portion should be complete by November 2019.

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