Bountiful OKs use of RDA funds for construction of new city hall

Jun 1 2012 - 7:14pm

BOUNTIFUL -- City leaders have taken a first step to make Redevelopment Agency funds available for construction of a new city hall and renovation of the current city hall as a new home for the Davis Arts Center and a regional museum.

Members of the RDA voted to change some of the boundaries for existing RDA zones, extending the zone to the existing city hall, which means any project in that zone would be eligible for RDA funding.

Interim City Manager Rusty Mahan said including the city hall campus in an RDA zone was one of a number of changes made to existing zones. He said some streets have been removed from RDA zones, but said none of the changes impact private properties.

A public hearing on the new zone is scheduled for June 26, Mahan said.

Changing the RDA zone is one of a number of issues facing city leaders as they scramble to put things in place for the newly approved concept of renovating the existing city hall as the future home for the arts center and the new regional museum.

The construction package has been estimated at $7.2 million, with $2.4 million of RDA funds targeted for renovation of the existing hall and approximately $4.8 million coming from capital reserve funds for the new city hall. Officials have stressed the projects will not require a tax increase.

Mahan said the city continues to work on details needed to move both projects forward. City leaders will issue a request for proposal (RFP) for an architect to oversee the RDA project and eventually will need to do the same for a new city hall.

The details are coming after months of work on a plan to renovate the existing arts center and to add a new wing, facilitating a new regional museum.

However, officials found they had grossly underestimated the costs to bring the building up to date. They were also not fond of putting a new museum as a wing of an old building.

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