It’s all about revenue stream, “Show Me The Money”.
This topic is pertaining to ‘Site Infrastructure’ which are all connected to The Spark Hall in some fashion, ie: electrical, potable water, waste water, etc.
I think we can all agree this is a good idea that will add to the revenue stream, but will require a fair amount of infrastructure to be put in place ie: connection to The Hall sewage, fresh water and electrical. I will need to be corrected if I am incorrect, but I believe the tenant will be covering costs above the monthly rental of space… The location and cost of these connections have yet to be fully explained and/or decided. This discussion needs to happen before this tenancy can be established.
This is tied to an HICEEC MOU (memo of understanding) , details to follow? The main concern to all is where the Bus will be parked, and what type of structure will be required/desired. I believe there is consensus that it will not be inside The Hall. Several locations have been suggested, 1) rear of The Hall, 2) old location of the school bus, and 3) the parking spaces to the ‘Highway’s Yard’ side of the front entrance to the site. They all have pro’s and con’s. This is where the discussion needs to focus. In my opinion, 1) the rear of the hall is too small for proper / easy parking of the bus. This space is close to The Hall which lends itself to better use for in hall access to outside use tools and power. 2) The old school bus location is well suited for bus parking. A simple single use shelter for the bus could be established there. A quote of ~$5000,00 has been obtained for a 30 ft x 12 ft x 9 ft high sides, 2.5" square 14 ga. steel tube structure c/w metal roofing well suited for the site. Sides and front and rear covers/doors will need to be added. Single use in my opinion is limiting to this location which will require electrical service. The costs and location of services have yet to be determined. 3) The parking spaces Highways Yard side of the front entrance could accommodate two 30 ft (or 40 ft) long shipping containers with a gap between (16 ft) the two containers and a trussed shed roof structure built to cover the gap. Front doors and a rear wall would also be required for the joining structure. This will be a significant structure which would likely require a sighting permit, architectural drawings, and electrical service. This location and structure is well suited for visibility to the community as to The Spark’s involvement with the Community Blue Bus Program, and The Spark’s revenue creation through Mini-Storage in the shipping containers being used as side supports to the structure.
I believe a fourth option is also available in a combination of options 2) and 3) where a single shipping container in the parking spaces and the stand alone structure in the original bus parking location. I also believe option 1) could get a shipping container as well.
Please comment on these proposals and vote for your choice and vote often.