Eureka Suspends Search for New Corporation Yard
For the past six months the City of Eureka has been reviewing potential alternatives for relocation of the city’s Corporation Yard. This was spurred by two primary interests: A proposed 20,000 square foot expansion by Costco, and their need for additional parking that could be sited at the Corp Yard, as well as the city’s long term interest in moving the Corp Yard out of the tsunami zone and need to maintain and improve the facilities within the yard. After initially considering city owned property at Kennedy Field, across from Sequoia Park Zoo, that site was removed from consideration due to community concerns. Further searches included both public and private owned property but the cost of the project, estimated on the low end at $12 million vs. $4 million from sale of the site, left $8 million to be financed from city sources including enterprise funds and increased sales tax revenues. However, given the uncertainty of a long term commitment of sales tax dollars, the city is suspending its search for relocation of the Corp Yard. The city recognizes that maintaining the Corp Yard at the current location may preclude Costco from expansion and that the Corp Yard remains vulnerable to tsunami damage.
Should outside grant funds become available for this project in the future, the city would reconsider this action. In the meantime, the city will continue to analyze potential changes within the existing Corp Yard that would improve the efficiency and resiliency of the facility.