GMP eyes new Route 30 service center
BRATTLEBORO -- Green Mountain Power wants to tear down its service center on Route 30 and build a new 11,744-square-foot building.
GMP has an application in with the Development Review Board seeking site plan and local Act 250 approval to tear down the existing building and construct a new office and service center.
Company spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure said the Brattleboro building is the oldest GMP service center in the state, and when the company considered making upgrades to the facility it was determined to be more cost effective to tear down the existing structure and build a modern, energy efficient building on the same site.
"It needs an upgrade. It is outdated and cramped," she said. "We want all our office spaces to be efficient and productive and we concluded the best way to do that would be by starting from scratch."
Schnure said work on the $2.1 million project would probably start in 2015 if all of the permits are approved.
GMP has 16 service centers around the state.
The current 9,500-square-foot building in Brattleboro does not have indoor storage and Schnure said equipment that has to be left outside needs to be cleaned and dried before it is used.
The new building will also have an open office environment, according to Schnure.
GMP has line trucks stored at the facility, and staff there include line workers, field engineers, an operation supervisor and local engineers.
The staff members who work there will relocate to a temporary office during construction.
Schnure said engineers are just coming up with a design for the facility and she did not have details on the building.
The Brattleboro Development Review Board will consider GMP's application during its July 21 meeting.
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