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Phelps celebrates new facility with ribbon cutting

On Saturday, more than 50 gathered in attendance to celebrate the opening of a new town facility, while showing support for the elected officials who worked tirelessly to make it a reality.The Town of Phelps held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their brand new highway facility, which replaced the former structure that was rendered useless by a fire in 2011. Over the last five years, highway employees in Phelps have been working out of a structure, which was missing many of the facilities needed to perform maintenance tasks. The new facility is a 14,000 square feet, which is an 8,000 square foot upgrade from the original structure believed to be built in the 1930s. Phelps Town Supervisor Norm Teed called it a collaborative process, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the community — as well as surrounding communities. MRB Group developed and led the project, which culminated in a state-of-the-art facility.Teed said in a statement released prior to the ribbon cutting, “MRB Group assisted the Town of Phelps in designing a cost-effective, state-of-the-art facility that we can all be very proud of. This project was built based on input from residents, the needs of our community and with fiscal responsibility.”Nicoletta Building Contractors, Inc. led the construction of the facility, and representatives from all involved enterprises were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Teed added while addressing the crowd in attendance that the process “went very smoothly,” and that the project could have cost a significantly larger amount of money — than it did. He pointed out that when demolition crews came in to level the old building, that significant cost would have been added to the project, given how the old structure was built. “Concrete footers like I have never seen before,” Teed said musing with the crowd as he spoke. He explained that if it were not for the good will of those working on the demolition side — and a little charity — the net cost of leveling the old highway building stayed at $70,000. Local municipal agreements also played a vital role in this process, according to Teed and the Board Members. Ontario County, as well as multiple other entities took part in ensuring that the project remained as inexpensive as possible.A mild winter aided in construction, according to Teed. If the winter had not been as mild as it was — opening the Phelps facility might not have happened until later in the year. The new facility, which is aptly described as state-of-the-art, includes 10 full garage bays, a repair bay, offices, a break room, storage areas, and a utility mezzanine. Project Manager Patrick Nicoletta, of MRB said while speaking that the mezzanine would add additional storage, which is crucial in a facility like the one in Phelps. The facility also features heated floors, and will soon feature a fully-operational crane system — which will allow the highway department to do additional work inside the facility on trucks and other equipment.The footprint of the new facility sits slightly north of the original structure, which was leveled in the process. It was built to ensure that it could be expanded if necessary in the future. If the Town of Phelps needs to expand the facility, there is room for two additional bays — which would be built onto the south end of the structure.The neighboring structure, which was being used for the highway department until the new facility was completed — also underwent some construction and renovations. Town Board members added remarks, pointing out that a new roof, as well as a few other minor improvements were incorporated into the project.Nicoletta explained on a tour of the facility that these facilities typically are built with the expectation that they last 40 to 50 years. The new facility in Phelps — could have an even longer shelf life if the facility is maintained and protected over the next several decades.

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