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The relocation of City Hall to the former Wells Fargo building in downtown Minot took another step this week, with architects from JLG updating the City Council on pre-design aspects of the project.
Project manager Eric Hoffer and senior project architect Doug Larson provided information to the council on the current state of the project.
“The building has about 45,000 square feet, so what we were tasked with is to balance the needs and the wants, and make sure we have a program that is going to work for City Hall,” Hoffer said.
Hoffer said there are currently two main options for utilizing the building’s space.
Option 1 would include all the departments from the current City Hall and add engineering, community development, and the assessor’s department. Hoffer noted that those departments do not all fit within the new building, but there could be some efficiencies as the design progresses to make it a viable option.
Option 2 includes all of the departments from the current City Hall and adds the assessor’s office. This option fits within the new building’s space, and leaves some room for flexibility in the future.
The Council approved moving forward with continuing to study both options while proceeding to the schematic design phase.
“It’s been a very thoughtful process so far,” said Council President Lisa Olson, who also serves on a building committee for the project. “I’m very satisfied with the process so far, and look forward to it continuing because I think we’re going to have a great product in the end.”
The City paid $2.601 million for the building, which had an assessed value of $2.742 million. The purchase was funded by Community Development Block Grant-National Disaster Resilience dollars. The approximately $12.8 million project will use a total of $7.75 million from CDBG-NDR sources.
City Engineer Lance Meyer said having the building ready for occupancy in early 2023 would be a reasonable timeframe.
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, and potentially other departments. 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.