Town Finance Committee on Monday permitted a virtually $450,000 enhance to a contract to assemble a long-awaited public restroom in downtown Santa Fe.
The restroom, a facility deliberate to be constructed within the metropolis’s Water Avenue parking zone, will embrace stalls, benches and an informational kiosk. The contract modification brings its whole value to $900,000, with a $90,000 price range for contingencies.
The restroom was beforehand budgeted at about $650,000.
In July 2019, the New Mexico Legislature supplied a $550,000 grant to the town for the undertaking.
Town beforehand mentioned putting a public restroom straight on the Plaza, however in the end ditched the concept. Officers additionally thought-about putting a prefabricated restroom dubbed the “Santa Fe Lavatory” on the Water Avenue location.
“We’ve a reasonably good design now for a restroom,” mentioned Curt Temple, a metropolis undertaking administrator, through the Monday assembly. “It will likely be a superb addition to the downtown space.”
Lloyd and Associates Architects was introduced in to design the power however in the end supplied idea designs. FacilityBuild Inc. was contracted to finish the design and building, which is anticipated to be completed by January 2022, based on a contract memorandum.
“A few of the issues that we ran up in opposition to is that if you construct a build up in opposition to an present constructing, it needs to be a fireproof wall,” Temple mentioned. “That’s going to be a a lot, rather more pricey design.”
The modification will likely be mentioned on the Metropolis Council’s Feb. 24 assembly.
In different motion, the committee endorsed a decision requiring Metropolis Council approval earlier than providing any city-owned property or land on the market, albeit with the caveat that future amendments to the decision and a brand new monetary impression report can be introduced ahead.
Final week, the Metropolis Council opted to ship the decision, sponsored by Councilor JoAnne Vigil Coppler, again to the Finance Committee after a report raised considerations that it may result in workers additional time prices.
The decision handed 3-1, with Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth voting no and Councilor Signe Lindell opting to abstain.
Lindell mentioned she couldn’t approve the decision with out some adjustments.
Councilor Jamie Cassutt-Sanchez, who voted in favor of the decision, mentioned she agreed with its intention however wish to see some adjustments earlier than a closing vote by the complete council.
Romero-Wirth mentioned she believed these adjustments ought to be addressed within the committee course of.
“This invoice just isn’t able to go in its present kind,” she mentioned.
The decision will return to the Metropolis Council on Feb. 24.