Reporter Herald — For those in the Loveland public works department, the shovels hitting the ground and dirt flying on Wednesday morning was final confirmation that the long-awaited expansion of the service center was happening at last.
Before that, some skepticism was understandable: the project first appeared in a master plan in 1984.
“This project’s been a long time in the works,” public works director Keith Reester said during his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The $15 million project will add 51,000-square-feet in three structures at the current service center site, 200 N. Wilson Ave. The service center is currently home to Loveland Water and Power, Fleet Management and the Parks and Recreation shops, but the expansion will allow for consolidation of public works divisions that are currently spread out through five locations across the city.
“We’re going to be able to bring together the public works team in a way we’ve never been able to before,” City Manager Bill Cahill said.