Rock Hill will debut a snazzy new $31 million operations center this summer on a secluded site off Albright Road.
The design incorporates suggestions from city utility workers who will be housed in the center.
Sewer line crews will get new showers so they won't have to go home smelly after work. The current operations center behind Winthrop University lacks adequate shower facilities.
Power line repairmen will have cots for when they work late during power outages. Supervisors will get more meeting rooms so they don't have to hold staff meetings in shifts.
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A bigger facility will meet the needs of a growing city during the next 20 years, city officials say, including more meeting space and a place where residents can pay utility bills. The brick facade matches other city buildings.
The complex - affectionately called "Jamestown" in honor of city utilities boss Jimmy Bagley - also will house offices, garage bays, a warehouse, a car wash, sheds and staging areas.
Snow, ice and rain delayed Rodgers Builders, but the project should finish before its targeted October completion date, Bagley said. Administrators will move in by July.
Local contractors are handling 25 percent of construction work, while 70 percent of the firms involved comes from within 30 miles of York County, Bagley said.
Councilman Kevin Sutton cast the lone vote against spending up to $31 million on construction: "I was opposed to moving it over there to begin with," he said in 2009. The initial construction estimate was $19 million.
Originally, plans called for using city-owned land off Friedheim Road in central Rock Hill. But neighbors in Sunset Park fought the idea, citing concerns over noise and truck traffic.
Instead, Rock Hill paid $1.8 million to buy land in a more isolated spot near Albright and Anderson roads.