KAYSVILLE — Kaysville leaders are considering an upgrade and expansion of the Municipal Center building that could cost up to $5 million and nearly double the size of the structure, helping addressing space needs.
Earlier plans to use the old Kaysville library to the north to house some city offices in the meantime have been scrapped, per the latest proposal, which has publicly emerged only in the last two weeks. Leaders are considering tearing down that vacant structure, among other things, but have yet to pinpoint a plan.
The existing city hall structure at 23 E. Center St., built in 1986 and measuring around 10,000 square feet, has been the focus of expansion talk since at least 2016, when a city report outlined a range of upgrades to several city structures. The earlier plan called for expanding the city hall structure from about 10,100 square feet to 12,261 square feet and revamping the old library next door so it could house some city offices. Combined, that proposal had an estimated cost of $2 million to $2.4 million.
Kaysville City Manager Shayne Scott said Monday, though, that city officials have since learned that the old library isn't structurally sound, "with significant mold and wall damage." It would have cost much more to upgrade than earlier estimates, he added, and wouldn't have created as much space as needed. Instead, city officials, on the advice of Salt Lake City-based consultant MHTN Architects, are considering expanding the existing Municipal Center by 9,000 to 10,000 square feet, building on to the eastern, rear section of the building.
The estimated price is $4 million to $5 million, Scott said.
The new plans publicly emerged at a Feb. 21 Kaysville City Council meeting when Councilman Dave Adams queried Mayor Katie Witt about them, asking for a copy of the study outlining the upgrade plans. "It's a $4 to $5 million-plus project. We ought to start taking a look at what's going on there," he said.
The study has not yet been publicly released, but its findings and other more concrete details will be the focus of a planned open house on March 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the Municipal Center, Scott said. "We will be discussing the project, plans, finances and taking people on tours of the existing facility," Scott said in an email.
Adams, for his part, said he's opposed to the new plan, favors the earlier idea of tapping space in the old library structure. The mold issues, he thinks, could be addressed.
However, Scott said the council, as a whole, has reached consensus to forego using the old library for city offices. Instead, Scott said, "we are looking at either donating the library to a museum committee, tearing it down at a later date or doing something else productive with it. But it will not be used to meet the spatial needs of the city staff."
The design plans have not yet been finalized, but should be done by June, when the city hopes to seek bids for the project, according to Scott. Though creating more space for city workers and offices is, perhaps, the top priority in the proposed project, Scott also noted other issues, like the faulty heating and air-conditioning system in the building.
More generally, the 2016 city report outlines more than $16 million in needs in city buildings and offices. The Municipal Center is "the main focus of attention" for the moment, Scott said, but the report outlines needed improvements to the city's public works building, recreation building and fire station as well.
The city council contracted with MHTN late last year and Scott expects the firm's services, based in part on the overall city hall project cost, will be around $280,000.