Mayor Teresa Tomlinson formed a commission at the beginning of the year to consider replacing the city’s 46-year-old Government Center.
Early in the process, commission members toured the complex, and now the public will get their turn.
The first public tour is scheduled for July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the complex, located at 100 E. 10th St.
“During this tour, three-four floors will be open to the public to showcase some of the major issues involving the current structure,” according to minutes from a recent commission meeting. “It was noted that over 30 people have already expressed an interest in the tours.”
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At the June 26 meeting, the commission heard from City Inspection and Codes Director John Hudginson, who presented a Need Assessment update on the non-judicial sections of the building.
“Mr. Hudginson’s presentation systematically evaluated each non-judicial department separately in order to help establish the proper square footage needed for the non-judicial function of the Government Center,” according to the minutes. “Mr. Hudginson stressed this assessment is based on perceived future need. A commission member noted that we do not want to have a building years from now that is too small on day one.”
So how much space would be necessary to house city administrative offices at a new Government Center?
According to Hudginson, the city would need roughly 75,504 square feet to accommodate departmental needs.
Renovating or replacing the building would cost anywhere from $68 million to $100 million, and the commission is still studying how the city will go about paying for it.
Last month, the city released a survey for public input. To participate, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GovernmentCenter2017.