City Hall Committee Refines Base Cost, Considers Two Ballot Measures

At the Committee’s May 4 meeting, consensus was identified on items to present at the May 10 meeting for community input. In an effort to reduce and costs, the Committee reduced 552 SF in meeting room space from the proposal, removed LEED silver documentation and the public “plaza” or gathering space. The Committee’s desire is for the city to phase in the public gathering space at a later date. These changes decreased the total estimated project cost for the “base model” by more than $1.2 million.

Additional decisions included moving forward in seeking community input on May 10 about the idea of two separate measures on the November general election. The first proposition would be for the base model stand-alone City Hall (currently estimated at about $11.6 million). A second proposition, contingent upon the passage of the City Hall proposal, would ask voters if they would approve an additional amount to fund 3,100 square feet of additional space for the Police Department. Finally, the Committee expressed their desire for the city to save money for a future remodel of the current Police Station and potentially utilize future park impact fees and other revenue sources to construct a public gathering space at a later date.

Three new preliminary layouts were also presented in follow up from feedback received on previous concepts discussed at the April 20 community meeting. ARC Architect Rex Bond presented this next iteration and reviewed how traffic flow, parking and safety measures were incorporated as well as discussion about the topography challenges.

The next community meeting is Wednesday, May 10 at Cedar Way Elementary School lunchroom (22222 39th Avenue W). Doors open at 6:00 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. An additional neighborhood “chat” with Committee members is scheduled at Sorelli Pizza (22402 44th Avenue W) on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Committee’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 6:30 p.m., at Interim City Hall. It is anticipated they will finalize their recommendation for the City Council at this meeting and present that to the community and Council on June 5.

For residents who cannot attend the meetings, an online comment form is available on our City Hall Advisory Committee webpage, Please complete a comment form whether or not you can attend a meeting. For more information, please email or call Community Relations Director Virginia Olsen at (425) 744-6206.