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The Minot City Council has delayed for 30 days making a decision on a site for potentially relocating City Hall.
The Council heard a report from Doug Larson of JLG Architects at its March 16 meeting. Larson presented a technical report on the former Wells Fargo building and the former M building in downtown Minot, both of which had been considered potential sites for a relocated City Hall.
Larson told Council members that the estimate to turn the M building into a City Hall was approximately $34.87 million, compared to an overall cost of $12.8 million for the former Wells Fargo building.
Before Council members could vote on selecting one of the two buildings, Council member Josh Wolsky reminded everyone of a previous estimate of $4.5 million to add as much as 15,000 square feet on to the current City Hall. In tabling the discussion for 30 days, Council members requested information from City staff on possibly expanding the current City Hall.
Relocating City Hall to the downtown area was included in the plan Minot submitted to Housing and Urban Development before the city was awarded $74.3 million in HUD’s National Disaster Resilience competition. An expansion of the current City Hall would not be eligible to use the $3.75 million Minot was granted as part of that award.