BOUNTIFUL -- Construction of a new city hall could begin as early as spring of next year.
City Engineer Paul Rowland suggested in a best-case scenario the project could break ground in very late this winter or early spring of next year. Rowland said the city is expected to issue a request for proposal for an architect in the immediate future, with hopes of having an architect in place by August.
Once an architect is in place, Rowland projects it is possible plans for the new building could be ready by early next year.
His forecast came on an evening where the project cleared a key hurdle. Members of the city's Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously Tuesday to amend the RDA project area boundaries to include the existing city hall at 790 South and 100 East.
The expanded project area means any renovation project for the existing structure will now be eligible for RDA funding.
A public hearing on the rezone did not draw any comment and once the hearing was closed the RDA board voted, without comment, to expand the zone area. The whole matter took less than two minutes.
Changing the RDA zone is one of many issues facing city leaders as they scramble to put things in place for the newly approved concept of renovating the existing city hall as the future home for the arts center as well as a new regional museum.
The construction package has been estimated at $7.2 million, with $2.4 million of RDA funds targeted for renovation of the existing hall and approximately $4.8 million coming from capital reserve funds for the new city hall.
Besides plans for a new city hall, key issues facing city leaders include demolition of the existing arts center, relocation of a log cabin to the south of the arts center on the same campus and also relocating of the arts center staff and programming for the interim period between the building's demolition and the remodel of the existing city hall.
The details are coming after months of work on a plan to renovate the existing arts center and to add a new wing, facilitating a new regional museum.
In assessing the costs for the arts center renovation, however, officials found they had grossly underestimated the costs to bring the building up to date.
They were also not fond of putting a new museum as a wing onto an old building.