After months of site prep work and a recent change order to address bad soil, brick-and-mortar construction for the new Wave Transit operations and command center started Christmas week.
During their regular December meeting, Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority board members approved the $1,515 change order and discussed the project.
Board member Jeff Petroff said the change order originally would have been for $28,000, but changes made to materials for the center, including what type of floor tiles would be purchased, offset most of the price.
Petroff said the price of the change order was small compared with the building's $8 million price tag.
He said the marginal soil was located under the building pad and was only made worse by bad weather earlier this year.
"A wet spring and summer exacerbated the problem," Petroff said.
The initial work by masons starting construction is likely the first time motorists passing the site, off Castle Hayne Road, noticed the project.
That doesn't mean, however, the past several months have not been busy there, Petroff said.
"Construction is well underway," he said.
He said utility lines have been installed at the site, and a drain pipe has been rerouted to accommodate the new facility.
Once completed, the Division Drive location will combine the authority's operations and maintenance operations, which currently operate in two different facilities.
A nearly 70-year-old building at 1110 Castle St. now serves as the transit group's operations center. The site does not properly accommodate Wave Transit's modern technology, officials have said.
The maintenance facility operates out of a New Hanover County building.
Petroff said the new center should be completed by October.
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