BOUNTIFUL - Demolition of the Davis/Bountiful Arts Center will be delayed at least three weeks, while local policemen use the vacant building for SWAT training.
Chief Tom Ross said he has been given access to the vacant building on South Main Street before work crews demolish the building as part of a project to build a new city hall. The building will be razed and a new city hall will be built on the existing property, which will eventually allow city offices to move. The existing city hall structure will then be available for renovation as the future home of the arts center and a regional museum.
Paul Rowland, city engineer, said the building is scheduled to be torn down n Feb. 18. It will be torn down using a backhoe, he said.
Last week, volunteers helped move the contents of the arts center to its new location at the old courthouse in Farmington. The move left Emma Dugal, arts center director, with mixed feelings.
"I'm quite fond of this building. It's bitter sweet," she said of the move and relocation.
She said she knows the relocation to Farmington for two years or more will be positive, while crews build the new city hall and renovate new digs for the arts center.
Mayor Joe Johnson estimates work on the new city hall will begin by early February. He said crews will need to do some asbestos mitigation as part of the demolition.
The construction package for all the projects 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. Officials have stressed the projects will not require a tax increase.