New building construction is a rare sight in Whitefish Bay – which makes the construction of a 40,000 square-foot building at Lydell and Fairmount avenues something of a spectacle.
The construction of the new Department of Public Works began in early August on a site that was previously home to a makeshift soccer field and deteriorating parking lot. The pre-cast walls have been erected as of this week, and the rest of the work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
The construction of the public works building will cost an estimated $3.5 million, which will be financed over the course of 20 years.
Currently, the Whitefish Bay Public Works Department operates out of a nearly 100-year-old building at 5055 Lydell Avenue. The building costs the village $276,000 per year, which includes rent, utilities and Glendale taxes.