BOC approves Daimler funds
The money is on the line.
County commissioners have approved $8.3 million for Guilford Technical Community College leaders to buy the Daimler Buses property adjacent to the Jamestown campus to expand the college’s transportation program. The money will come from voter-approved bond funds.
An estimated $8.2 million will go for the purchase of the 37-acre Daimler site at 6012 High Point Road which includes a 253,000-square-foot warehouse. The remainder of the money will go into the closing costs, according to the plan the Board of Commissioners approved unanimously last week with no discussion.
In exchange, GTCC will drop plans for a new transportation building on the new Donald W. Cameron Campus at Oak Ridge and $1.2 million from the Jamestown parking deck will be moved into the Daimler purchase project.
With just 147,000 square feet of classroom space needed, the Daimler warehouse offers room for growth, according to GTCC President Randy Parker, and the Daimler site has 600 parking spaces.
The property would become a home for college transportation and welding programs. With construction bids for the proposed new building 25 percent over budget, GTCC leaders began looking for alternatives. Refitting the Daimler site could be done at about $33 per square foot plus renovations compared to $208 per square foot to construct a new building.
The opening of the new Center for Business and Industry building on the Cameron Campus is scheduled for 2014. The campus will be the home for the $65 million N.C. Center for Global Logistics.
The plan for Phase I of the GTCC Cameron Campus includes:
—The N.C. Center for Global Logistics and the Center for Business and Industry: 97,500 square feet of floor space for academic programs for business and industry, logistics and continuing education programs. Under construction.
— The Daimler Bus warehouse at Jamestown would replace a planned new Transportation and Welding Building: 147,007 square feet for transportation department academic programs related to automotive, heavy equipment, auto body and welding classes and student support services office. GTCC President Randy Parker earlier told commissioners that GTCC leaders are considering a tunnel to connect the Jamestown campus to the Daimler site.