Union Gap considers big plans for development around City Hall

Union Gap considers big plans for development around City Hall »Play Video
UNION GAP, Wash. -- Officials in Union Gap are trying to get the ball rolling on plans to renovate City Hall, and now they're looking at the entire block. The city council is considering creating a comprehensive campus bringing all city services together. But at what cost?

It's been nearly two years since Union Gap's City Hall shut down after mold was discovered. Officials have been trying to figure out what to do with it ever since. Even council members have become frustrated with the slow progress.

"And we've never set any kind of dates. What I'd like to see is to be able to look at someone and say, 'Hey, by this date we'll have a decision,'" said Councilmember Chad Lenz.

That date has now been set back to next year. On Monday evening, Council met with the goal of deciding on a renovation option for City Hall.
It would be based on one of the three options provided by architects a couple of months ago. They ranged from a minor remodel to a total new construction. The price tag ranged from under $1 million to nearly $3 million.

Council says, before they make a decision on City Hall, they want to consider options for developing the whole block of land where City Hall sits. The borders are Ahtanum Road, Franklin Street, First Street, and Second Street. Council is looking into creating a comprehensive campus plan which could include not only a new city hall, but library, police station and possibly even retail and housing developments.

Council still has to consider how it would pay for all of this. They would be open to considering partnerships with other private companies.

Some neighbors are in favor of keeping the current building, especially if that means saving money.

"I don't think right now we have the money to, you know, a lot of people out there without jobs paying those taxes, and I really don't see a lot of people wanting to do so," said David Bell.

A whole new possibility of plans and finances for Union Gap to sort through.

Mayor Wentz says, if they end up building a new campus around City Hall, it would make most sense to also rebuild City Hall and not just remodel.