Site preparation has begun for South Portland’s new $15 million Municipal Services Facility, which is located off Highland Avenue, adjacent to the new transfer station.

Doug Howard, the city’s public works director, said he anticipates construction to begin in late May or early June. The new building will house administrative offices for public works, the parks and recreation department and the transit service, along with fleet maintenance bays and more. The hope is for the building to be ready to move into by this time next year.

Howard said Eastern Excavation was the contractor hired to do the site work, which includes removing some mounds of dirt that contain unsuitable material.

“The earth moving is needed to get the site to grade for the new facility,” he said this week.

Howard said that Eastern Excavation has until the end of April to finish the site work and that four general contractors have been pre-approved to bid on the Municipal Services Facility – Langford and Low, Ledgewood Construction, Landry/French and Great Falls Construction.

The new transfer station is already operating and the goal is to have a new swap shop ready to go sometime this summer.

Kate Irish Collins

Huge mounds of dirt are being moved as site preparation has begun for South Portland’s new $15 million Municipal Services Facility. Construction is expected to start later this spring.