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WEST HAVEN, Feb. 23, 2017 — Mark E. Paine Jr., left, the assistant to Public Works Commissioner Dominic Perrotti, far right, updates Mayor Edward M. O’Brien on the cost-effective interior work being done by city crews Thursday, Feb. 23, at the new Department of Park Maintenance headquarters in Veterans Memorial Park at 129 Bull Hill Lane. To save taxpayers money, the city is performing the drywall, electrical, framing and tile work in-house. The 3,500-square-foot prefabricated steel building, which is expected to open in early March, was erected in two months by Granby-based Steel and Concrete Construction Services, a subcontractor of United Steel Inc. of East Hartford. The $250,000 project, which includes a bathroom, an office and two drive-thru bays for loading, was financed at no cost to residents, thanks to Local Capital Improvement Program funds from the state Office of Policy and Management. The Public Works Department’s former facility in the park, which previously housed the federal Nike site, was converted into locker rooms and a bathroom as part of the recent Veterans Memorial Field upgrades. For the past year, the department has been operating out of the highway maintenance garage at 1 Collis St. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)