City to hold public hearing on purchase of Banner Bank building

Published on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Blaine City Council is one vote away from approving the purchase of the Banner Bank building, a move that will eventually lead to Blaine City Hall moving from its aged spot on H Street.

At tonight’s meeting, city council will hold a public hearing and then a vote on the purchase, which will include the city issuing bonds for some of the costs of buying and improving the $1.76 million building. If the bonds are approved, the city will be paying $99,226 per year over the next 20 to purchase the building.

As The Northern Light reported here and here, the purchase would be partially offset by keeping the existing tenants. Banner Bank is the anchor tenant on the first floor, and the second floor is fully leased.

The city would occupy about 7,000 square feet. The general government offices would move to the third floor, and the fourth floor would be redesigned for the City Council chambers, municipal court and public space for community events and meetings.

Nothing permanent will be added to the fourth floor, with city staff instead relying on movable additions to furnish the city council chambers and courts. The furniture inside the council chambers, for example, would be movable and have a portable raised area that would replace the current chamber’s fixed dais.

Blaine’s government offices need to move from their current location on H Street because that building is seismically unsafe and has issues with asbestos and mold. If the old city hall gets demolished, the city could appoint a citizen’s committee to help decide what could replace the old building, such as a new senior center, library or community center.

The city council meeting will start at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday,November 28) at the city council chambers. For a look at other items on city council’s agenda, click here.


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