City staff to provide feasibility studies for donated building use

Carlos Jones

As Police Chief Tony Taylor observes, Assistant Public Works Director Carlos Jones, right, answers council members' questions about uses for a building being donated to the city.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 04:56 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The City Council, after much discussion, is no closer to determining a use for a practically new, never-used industrial building offered to the city. However, city leaders said at a Monday work session that they would learn more about the possibilities following upcoming feasibility studies.

After hearing multiple suggestions, council members agreed that simply plucking the 3,552-square-foot warehouse off donor Gulf Power’s Cadle Drive site and depositing it on a piece of city-owned land is not that easy.

Councilwoman Robyn Helt again suggested using the building as a recreational facility at Countryview Park.

Library Director Jean Lewis suggested using a portion of it as a branch library at the Countryview Park site, citing proximity to Antioch Elementary School as an advantage.

Police Chief Tony Taylor hoped to use at least half the building for processing impounded vehicles.

Council President Ben Iannucci III continued to push for the building's placement on city-owned land behind the Brookmeade Public Safety building for use as a recycling center.

"The benefit of having it is it is revenue generating," Iannucci said. Grants are available for finishing off the building, including constructing the foundation slab and parking, he said, while other suggested uses would cost the city operational money.

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