New work depot for Carbonear
Large lot on Goff Avenue to replace two other work yard sites
Over the past two months, public works employees with the Town of Carbonear have been clearing a large lot on Goff Avenue,which will become their new works depot.
After decades of working out of the former town hall property on Bannerman Street, and several years with a smaller lot on Goff Avenue, the yard is relocating.
It has been several years since Public Works Supervisor Brian O’Grady began increasing the inventory of heavy equipment. Since, there has been some concern the former yard was getting too crowded.
With the addition of a new asphalt recycler and excavator, the yard is overflowing with machinery.
The smaller lot on Goff Avenue was working as a temporary location for tires, branches and salt and sand. But, with the need for a new building for equipment, and a larger lot available, the town council voted in favour of purchasing 50 Goff Avenue in June of this year to replace both sites.
The council applied to the provincial government through the the Department of Municipal Affairs to borrow $180,000 to purchase the lot at 50 Goff Avenue. They will pay it off over the next 20 years.
It was approved, and the town took possession of the land later in the summer.
New and improved
Over the past three months, trees and shrubs have been removed, and the land has been leveled. Salt and sand has been transported across the street from the former lot to the new location, which sits directly across from John C. Pike Manufacturing Ltd. and beside Newfoundland Power.
O’Grady told The Compass there are plans for a building to go on the new lot to house the equipment, but there’s nothing confirmed.
“It will all depend on when ( funding) is available,” he explained.
The building is expected to house all the equipment, and also have a heated section. If things go as planned, O’Grady said there will also be a carpenter shop included.
Earlier this year,when the new site was listed, O’Grady drove by, noticed the ‘For Sale’ sign and quickly swung into action.
The location was ideal, he said. It was already zoned commercial, it’s located away from a residential area and it’s in an easily accesible area.
O’Grady couldn’t confirm what will happen with the old sites, but sources have told The Compass the smaller Goff Avenue lot will likely be sold. The other portion of land on Bannerman Street will reportedly remain town property.
“It will be up to council what will happen with (the land),” O’Grady explained.
As for a new building, O’Grady said there is no guarantee when it will be built, adding it years before it happens.
The workers will continue to use the Bannerman Street site, which has a building, for the time being.
Director of Public Works for the Town of Carbonear, Brian O’Grady, stands in front of the new work yard, which will eventually house all the town’s heavy equipment and a carpenter shop.