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12/24/2018 10:34:00 AM
Anderson acquires land for new CATS terminal

Ken de la Bastide, Herald Bulletin City and County Government Reporter

ANDERSON — Another step toward the construction of a new City of Anderson Transit System bus terminal has been taken with the city obtaining the required properties.

Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr. said the city has closed on the purchase of a portion of the YMCA parking lot and obtained the building and property at 13th and Jackson streets.

Broderick said the YMCA property was purchased for $48,000. 

He said the building and property were bought at a cost of $69,085; with title insurance and the payment of delinquent property taxes, the total came to $72,725.

The city has also obtained final approval for $6.3 million in federal grant funds through the Madison County Council of Governments.

“The next step is preparing the specifications for the demolition of the building and construction,” Broderick said.

He said the demolition and construction of the bus terminal could be awarded though one contract, or the demolition work could be a separate contract.

Broderick said a second-phase environmental study is required to determine if there is any archaeological significance to the location.

Advertising for bids for the demolition is planned in January.

“We have to review the building for any possible asbestos removal,” Broderick said. “We believe it is minimal.”

Broderick said the project is back on schedule to be completed in 2020.

“We’re real excited about this project,” he said. “We may have to adjust the timeline slightly.”

The Anderson Redevelopment Commission recently voted to approve $1.5 million in tax increment financing funds for the $8.3 million project.

The federal government is providing $6.3 million in grant funds for the project with the city of Anderson allocating $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds. 

The new terminal is planned for the northeast corner of 13th and Jackson streets.

Kevin Montgomery of krM Architecture previously said the plan is to construct a 16,000-square-foot, three-story building.

He said the CATS terminal would be located on the north side of the first floor, with a loading and unloading zone to the east.

The remaining first-floor space and the second and third floors would be available for leasing to developers.

Montgomery said Jackson Street from 14th to 13th streets would be reduced to two lanes with the current right lane modified for parking in front of the proposed terminal.

Thirteenth Street would be closed to traffic from Jackson to Meridian streets, and the alley to the west of Dickmann Town Center plaza would be converted to two-way traffic.

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