Thursday, November 15, 2007

MSD needs new office building

Elevations by Burgess & Niple*: Click to enlarge

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) has outgrown its offices in Lower Price Hill and has proposed a new building adjacent to the future MetroWest Commerce Park.

MSD estimated that, after adding several mandated engineering support personnel, it needs room for 157 employees and consultants.

Their current space, which is spread among three rundown buildings in the Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant at 1600 Gest Street, only has room for 120 workers.

A new three-story office building would solve the space crunch and is estimated to cost $7.5 million.

Renovation of the three buildings would not create any more space and would cost $6 million, plus $1 million in temporary relocation costs.

MSD has requested a location along the north side of Gest Street, between Summer and Woodrow streets.

Hoping to jumpstart interest in the MetroWest site, the City has worked with MSD and has brought into the project the Department of Community Development and Planning, City Facility Management and the Department of Finance.

Funding for the project would come from City-issued bonds. Until the bonds are paid off, Hamilton County would lease the building from the City for use by MSD. Once the bonds are paid, the County would gain ownership.

Plans for the new building will be presented during Friday's meeting of the City Planning Commission.

Site plan: Click to enlarge

Southeast elevation: Click to enlarge


* Renderings to be revised to show three stories

Previous reading on BC:
MetroWest receives Clean Ohio funds (7/27/07)
BC: City frees $413,000 for land at MetroWest site (6/28/07)
BC: Lower Price Hill: MetroWest update (4/2/07)