The city of Spokane Valley is seeking public input regarding its first municipally owned city hall.
Citizens are invited to come and participate in an open meeting to discuss certain design elements with the architects regarding the new city hall building before the design phase begins. Architects West Inc. the design firm chosen to assist the city in designing its new home will conduct a public meeting scheduled for May 6 at 6 p.m. at CenterPlace Event Center located at 2426 N. Discovery Place.
"We are thrilled to begin the design work for a new city of Spokane Valley City Hall at University City," said Mayor Dean Grafos. "It will be a key piece of a new civic center located within a growing and repurposed mix of commercial, educational, and multifamily opportunities and potential in this vital area. With the favorable financial and construction conditions that prevail today, our city now has the opportunity to build a much needed, but right-sized municipal structure that reflects our city's continuing commitment to lean government and responsible stewardship of our tax dollars."
In December 2014 the city finalized the purchase of 3.38-acre site at the southeast corner of Sprague and Dartmouth for a new city hall. The property is in a high-profile location that is part of the former University City mall. The area is already attracting redevelopment.
The City Council and staff members expect the new city hall will be more than just the location for municipal operations. It is anticipated to be a welcoming place for the community that supports Spokane Valley's unique identity, and provides a catalyst for further economic development.
The building will also be energy efficient, helping minimize the cost of local government.
Funding for the project is anticipated to come from a combination of city general fund revenues and the proceeds of a tax-exempt bond to be issued later this year for approximately $8.26 million. The majority of the bond will be repaid using amounts currently spent to lease space for City Hall operations in the Redwood Plaza Building at 11707 E. Sprague Ave.
The city has operated out of that location since incorporation in 2003.
Design completion for the new structure is currently set for the end of the year.