Albemarle County sets aside $40M for future project

Virginia- In November 2016, the County Board of Supervisors for Albemarle County approved a contract with an engineering services company, to evaluate the possibility of moving the Albemarle General District Court, Albemarle Circuit Court and the Albemarle County Administrative Office out of the city. The county has set aside nearly $40 million from its Capital Improvement Program budget to fund the project. Now, almost one year later, a decision has yet to be reached and there is growing contention over where to house the court buildings.

 

The county had five different options on the table, but right now only two are being explored. The first option would be to renovate the former Levy Opera House, demolish the surrounding buildings, build a new three-story general district court on the site and renovate the current court complex for $39.7 million. The second option would be to build a new court complex outside of the downtown area, move the General District Court and office building into the Charlottesville court facility, against the wishes of the city, and build a new administrative building for a total estimated cost of $37.7 million.

 

The option for keeping the courts downtown has not been officially taken off the table, but the county board has decided to pause on that option until they have a chance to fully explore the possibility of a public-private partnership. The criminal justice community is strongly opposed to dismantling the current county court system but the downtown location poses major parking problems. The county board is expected to make a decision by the end of this year.

Home renovations cost $325M through P3/PPP

The New York City Housing Authority will invest $325 million for a public-private renovations plan. Through the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program, the partnership will provide funding for renovations to the Ocean Bay Housing Authority development. Improvements will take place on 1,400 housing units at Ocean Bay that are home to 3,700 residents.

Ocean Bay was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the complex needs roof work as well as new boilers and heating systems and upgrades to elevator machinery. Renovations are also needed on interior and exterior lighting, kitchen and bathroom repairs and installation of new security cameras and new secure entry systems.


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Delaware DOT using P3/PPP to build garage

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is planning a public-private partnership with a Delaware developer to build a three-story parking garage next to the Wilmington train station.

The project will include a multi-story parking garage for buses, rental cars and public parking on state-owned property. The land, which is one block from the train station, is currently a rental car lot.

The plan calls for a bus staging area on the ground floor of a two- or three-story garage. Upper levels would accommodate public parking and rental cars.

The Wilmington train station serves passengers using Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority regional rail trains bound for Philadelphia and Amtrak intercity trains along the Northeast Corridor.

New Orleans considering P3 for railroad

New Orleans officials are considering improvement options for the Public Belt Railroad, a system that includes 25 miles of railroad track that connects six rail lines to the New Orleans port and industrial facilities. The city-owned railroad is in need of capital improvements. While the city may invest the necessary funds outright, officials are also considering a public-private partnership (P3/PPP) with a private operator. The city plans to solicit proposals from potential P3 partners. Initial proposals will be non-binding in order to gauge interest.


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