Basement-less Police Station, Costs of Moving a Sewer Line: Related?


[Change of title, minor reworking completed about 9:40 a.m.]

From the Daily Chronicle yesterday:

DeKALB – Some members of the DeKalb City Council raised concerns Monday about the lack of a basement in the new DeKalb police station.

The issue surfaced while a representative from PSA Dewberry, the architecture firm in charge of designing the $12 million building, as well as a construction manager and city officials, gave the council an update on the building’s design phase.

“The lowest level was the most expensive real estate on the entire project,” [Public Works director T.J.] Moore said. “… We could get everything we absolutely needed to have by giving up something we wanted to have.”

Apparently, there are costs associated with the necessity of moving a sewer line on the proposed police station property.

T. J. Moore joined the [DeKalb Sanitary District board] meeting at this time, and discussed with the Board the potential building site and building configuration for the new DeKalb Police Station. The Board instructed the engineers to prepare a cost estimate for moving the existing sewer line to conform to current policy. Cost sharing can then be discussed.

So, the costs were not known until sometime after the February Sanitary District meeting.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to know what the sewer move cost estimates have turned out to be, and what impacts these costs (and/or the necessity of a move itself) have had on the design plans.

Meanwhile, the Sanitary District meeting minutes for February and March trace the sewer-related travails of the CVS pharmacy construction at Route 38 and Annie Glidden, including the requirement of obtaining Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) approval for the permanent routing of the sewer line there.

[Hat Tip to J.H.]