Gulf Power donates building to city

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 06:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Gulf Power has a new, unwanted building that could become a recycling facility for the Hub City. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved accepting the electric utility’s gift.

There’s just one catch: The city must dismantle and move the building.

The structure — originally a warehouse on Cadle Drive in southwest Crestview — comes with no other conditions, Public Works Director Wayne Steele said.

The 3,552-square-foot building is 96 feet long, 37 feet wide, was never occupied, has metal trusses, a metal roof, plywood walls and HardiePlank composite siding.

The cost to dismantle the building would not affect the Public Works budget, Steele said. The Okaloosa Correctional Institute’s inmate labor would dismantle and store components at Public Works until the council decides where to place the building and determines its purpose.

“We have been proactive in our recycling initiative. It would serve well as a recycling facility,” Steele said. “My recommendation would be to move it to behind the hospital by the fire building” on Brookmeade Drive.

Councilman Tim Grandberry praised the donation and Steele’s suggestion, and moved to accept the donation upon approval of the city attorney. Council President Ben Iannucci III, a proponent of introducing more green initiatives to Crestview, pronounced the suggestion as “Great!”

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