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The City of Minot is the new owner of the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot, completing paperwork for the transaction on Feb. 23.
The City paid $2.601 million for the building, which had an assessed value of $2.742 million. The purchase was funded entirely by Community Development Block Grant-National Disaster Resilience dollars. The approximately $12 million project will use a total of $7.75 million from CDBG-NDR sources.
City Engineer Lance Meyer provided an update on the project at the March 1 City Council meeting, including a tentative timeline to complete the project.
“We’re so early in the process, but ideally we’d like to have the space needs analysis work take place this spring and have the major design process over the summer,” he said. “We’d envision having construction documents ready to go out to bid sometime this fall. Hopefully, the contract would be awarded sometime in the late fall, and then it’s probably about a year build time, which is what we’ve initially envisioned, although that could be a little more or less depending on the final design.”
Meyer said having the building ready for occupancy in early 2023 would be a reasonable time frame.
“We’ll have a building committee set up with City staff from various departments and Alderwoman Olson has expressed interest in sitting on that committee,” Meyer told Council members. “In addition, we plan to have multiple check-in points with City Council as we progress through the project.”
Meyer said the plans are to host a community open house about the project to provide information to the public and gather input.
“We’ve envisioned that all the way along. We don’t want this process to be closed in any way. I assure you that will be part of the contract,” Meyer said.
The new City Hall will be home to the city manager, central dispatch, finance department, utility billing, city attorney, public information office, and information technology, along with other employees. It will also house the City Council chambers, and will likely include office space for the mayor and City Council members.
The old City Hall will be utilized by the Minot Police Department, and Municipal Court will likely occupy the former City Council chambers.