The Putnam County Department of Public Works has completed major renovations to its Route 6N garage in Mahopac.
“The renovations here were not only cosmetic, but drastically improved the functionality and efficiency of this facility,” said County Executive Kevin Byrne. “Earlier this year, we made a commitment to make much needed upgrades our county facilities – buildings where our county employees must work every day. There’s something to be said about taking pride in the place in which you work.”
In early 2023, Byrne identified the needed repairs to a number of county facilities in his inaugural State of the County address and requested the County Legislature dedicate $2 million to a Facilities Improvement Fund to support desperately needed capital projects.
“The building had fallen into severe disrepair over the past decade,” said DPW Commissioner Tommy Feighery. “A lot of residents thought the building was abandoned, that’s how bad it got. Our crews really took pride in this project and showed off their commitment to their craft. I thank everyone who worked on this project, and to County Executive Byrne for getting us the funding to complete the work.”
Speaking in front of the freshly painted exterior, Byrne noted that upgrades included new energy-efficient windows and doors, HVAC equipment and lighting, as well as breakroom and bathroom renovations, masonry repairs and repaving of the parking lot.
The project was completed earlier than expected, with cost coming in at approximately $100,000. Had the renovations gone through the traditional contracting process, project estimates would have put the cost at about $800,000, and wouldn’t have started until next spring, according to Byrne’s office.
“We’re blessed with an incredibly talented DPW team, and I’m glad to see us taking full advantage of their talents,” said Putnam Legislator Bill Gouldman, chairman of the county’s Physical Services Committee. “They have breathed new life into this important county facility. While it may be located in Mahopac, it’s an important hub that serves residents all across the county.”