Field Services Manager Bob Kellison, said that the new digs, which
ended up with a price tag nearing $4 million, are going to help improve
his department's efficiency city-wide.
"We are now housed under the one facility and have improved the
services we provide to the community," Kellison said. "Already, you can
see that everybody is working together and you can see an improved morale
because of the new facility."
On June 3, 1997, the City Council approved a project to remodel and
renovate the old Yellow Cab site on Mt. Herrmann Street into a new city
yard. Construction eventually got under way on June 30, 1999.
The previous city yard was located on a prime piece of property on
Ward Street, adjacent to the San Diego Freeway. It was at that location
since 1968, but City Manager Ray Kromer said moving the city yard from
Ward Street to a new location is something that has been in the cards for
some 20 years.
"The problem in the past was finding another location to replace Ward
Street. Fortunately enough, we were able to find the Mt. Herrmann Street
location a couple of years ago," Kromer said.
City Administrative Services Manager Don Heinbuch, said it is great to
finally see a resolution to a project that so many people have worked
"The city yard has been a project that the city, its residents and our
field services employees have been looking forward to for quite some
time," Heinbuch said. "I am excited that the yard is complete and that
our employees have a new and modern facility to serve our residents."