After 16 months of construction, the St. Louis County Government Services Center-Cook is complete. A ribbon cutting will be held Tuesday, October 15, at 1:15 p.m., at the facility at 9558 Ashawa Road in Cook.
The new facility spans a 60-acre site and includes a large office building that will house staff from several departments including Public Works, Land and Minerals, the Assessor’s Office and Public Health and Human Services.
The complex also includes the David M. Skelton Transportation Building – an 82,000 square foot heated building for vehicle storage and mechanic space – plus two 16,500 square foot structures – one for cold storage and the other for salt and sand storage.
Total investment in the facility is $24 million, including land acquisition and engineering costs.
This new facility provides a centralized base for public works crews serving a more than 2,000 square mile area of the county including Cook, Linden Grove and surrounding areas from Side Lake to Kabetogama to a portion of the Echo Trail.
Approximately 567 miles of county roads, as well as various contracted roads and driveways, will be maintained from this new facility. The county board voted to name the public works portion of the facility in honor of Dave Skelton, who worked for St. Louis County for 33 years in roles ranging from bridge worker to deputy public works director.
With the new facility now open, the long-serving public works site in Cook will be closed and offered for sale. Meanwhile, another garage in Linden Grove will be converted into a depot for salt and sand storage.