Opinion: is the City Yard really under-used?…

C-Ville Weekly claims the City Yard is an under-used parking lot, which could be true, but where is the evidence of this in this article? There's a throw-away line about it being a place for "parking dump trucks" and Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin calling it “a big asphalt parking lot where we store our brine for de-icing streets,” but that's pretty much it. However, according to City spokesperson Brian Wheeler, the City Yard is home to the following local government activity: Utilities (gas, water, wastewater, stormwater), Facilities Maintenance (for 50 City-owned public buildings and 9 City School buildings), Public Service (streets, signals), Fleet maintenance (there is a fueling station there, too), Facilities development (handles planning, design and construction of projects in the City), Environment (handling a wide range of Environmental Sustainability projects), Police logistics, Warehousing, Risk Management & Procurement, Public Works and Utilities administration, and Weather emergency operations. The Warehouse stores thousands of items, everything from utility fittings, gas meters, water meters, chemicals and piping. The Procurement & Risk Management Division of the City also manages City surplus property (including police confiscated items) at the location, and there’s an ongoing online auction where people can buy city surplus at discounted rates. There’s also an onsite retail event at the location the first Friday of every month from 12pm to 3pm where people can buy surplus. The City Yard is also home to one of the City’s largest CitySolar operations.

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