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Jul 10

Town Center Update - July 10, 2019

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 9:13 AM by grodericks grodericks

City Hall/Police Building

EarthworkDemolition work continues on the old administration building, to include removal of the storm drains that run underground where the building once stood. This area will become part of the Police Department temporary secure parking as the contractor begins work on the new building pad.

The contractor will begin cutting the sub-grade from the Caltrain parking area to the corporation yard. Installation of the building pad will begin the week of July 24 and layout for the building and drilled piers will begin on July 30. 

Historic Town Hall


Town HallWork on Historic Town Hall this week involves continuation of the interior demolition and abatement. Given that this is an old building, there is some lead-based paint abatement required before the contractor can remove the old ceiling, flooring and some of the window areas.

This building will ultimately become a part of the new Library connected via a deck and patio doors that spill out from the side of the building onto the new deck. The front doors of the entry way area are being saved and refinished for reinstallation at the end of the remodel. 

New Library


Library Pad WorkProject work this week continues with the clearing of the building pad site for the new library. This work will continue into early next week. Once this work completes, the contractor will begin drilling and installing caissons for the structure. This work is expected to start the week of July 29. The new library includes a "rammed earth wall" along the street facing side of the building. Construction of the rammed earth wall will take longer than construction for a normal wall. As a result, work on the City Hall/Police Building will catch up to work on the new Library.

Site Work


Sewer Line 1Work continues on the installation of the new sewer line from Maple Avenue to Fair Oaks. The sewer line is expected to run from the manhole at Maple Avenue and Station Lane back up through the corporation yard and following along the railroad tracks over to Fair Oaks. Sawcut work began this week and will continue until the line is laid out and then the contractor will begin excavation and installation of the new line. 


Sewer Line 2CalWater will be onsite to install the new water line the week of July 22. Layout and sawcut will work the same as the sewer line and it is anticipated that the water line will travel along the same route.






Temporary Police Building


Work continues to construct a temporary secure parking lot and ingress/egress to Fair Oaks for the Police Department. Grade and base rock will be installed for the gravel roadway from the temporary parking to Fair Oaks. The gravel roadway will be located ultimately where the new roadway will connect Ashfield to Fair Oaks. Installation of the temporary parking fence and automated gate will begin the week of July 23. The Police Department will operate from their temporary facility until the new facility completes and they can move in. 

Other Site Issues

Tree 102 FelledTree #102 fell due to decay and just barely missed the temporary construction trailers onsite. Tree #102 was located behind the two temporary construction trailers between the trailers and the railroad tracks. This was one of the heritage trees to remain on site; but, due to its significant decay, it had to be removed. The adjacent tree #101 will remain but will be closely watched and evaluated. No one was injured when the tree fell; although people were inside the construction trailers at the time. 

Additional fence screening will be installed as work on securing the site and completing the police secure parking lot is finished. Police vehicles will be relocated to the secure lot as it is completed. 


George Rodericks
City Manager
grodericks@ci.atherton.ca.us