Their do-over starts here.
By late 2009, a new City Hall could stand along the shore of Budd Inlet's East Bay, anchoring a waterfront development that could also feature a hotel, a parking garage, a children's museum and mixed-use buildings.Read the whole thing for the details, including projected costs and the (minimal?) problem of contamination cleanup.
City Manager Steve Hall will recommend to the City Council on Tuesday that the new City Hall be built at State and Jefferson streets on land now owned by the Port of Olympia.
"One of the things our City Council said is we want to be closer to the core downtown," Hall said. "Essentially, we've settled on the best site for moving City Hall and consolidating our operations."
Project Manager Rick Dougherty said the building, which might have 88,000 square feet and cost at least $25 million, could be finished by late 2009.
The implications are huge, say city leaders, who have kicked around the idea of relocating City Hall for two decades. A new building would consolidate city offices now scattered throughout at least 14 buildings.
Port Commissioner Bob Van Schoorl wants the development to be a gateway to the downtown. From this eastsider's perspective, it would certainly help. Right now it I've got the bus station, the backs of 4th Ave businesses and the vast industrial playground east of the inlet for my morning commute / welcome to downtown.
Another location the city should consider: the Ugly Building across from Capitol Lake and the fountain. It and its neighboring graffiti-stained abominations--tear those suckers down.
Update: And don't forget about Cliff Lee's vision for Griswold's, which is still in the planning stage.
Update II: Olyblog reader stevenl has a plan to deal with the inevitable revolt of the seas:
The best solution for a site? Have the city pull an eminent domain on Ralph's Thriftway and the solid high ground as an HQ.The city does seem to be on an eminent domain kick these days.