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New City Hall Location Proposed to Council

City Manager Amy Arrington

City Manager Amy Arrington

November 10, 2023

Wrap-Up of the Let’s Talk Meeting – City Hall Project

In case you missed the special meeting held on November 6th, here are some informational highlights
from the meeting.

Background

Since 2014, the City of Normandy Park has been working to establish a new City Hall and Police Station. And a new opportunity has emerged that can meet our needs in an existing building on First Avenue. For context, the building we are looking at is approximately 28,000 square feet and is part of Towne Center. Said building is in the northwest corner of the shopping center and used to serve the community as our grocery store.

Proposed City Hall

The Building

If the building is purchased, the City will immediately renovate 16,000 square feet to serve as a City Hall, Police Station, Town Hall, and community gathering place. The remaining 12,000 square feet are currently leased, and the City will honor that agreement.

Here is the proposed site plan (click on the image to zoom in):

Concept Floor Plan
This plan creates a secure area for transporting suspects, public restrooms, a large conference room that can be reserved for public use, a Town Hall that will be designed as a multipurpose room, and 2,000 square feet that can be used as a community gathering space. In addition, this building would move the City Hall and Police Station operations to First Avenue (just west of the Friendly Market gas station and north of Auntie’s Playhouse).

Voter Approved Bond

Funding for this project will be dependent on a voter-approved bond. In looking at the project costs and the available cash that the City has in reserves, we need a $7.5 million bond. With this funding, we can purchase the building, make the necessary improvements, and have funding to help us repurpose our current City Hall building.

In 2022, residents could vote on a $15 million bond to help build a new Civic Center. Voters rejected this bond, and the main reason behind this voter decision was that the project was too expensive. We are happy to present an option that has reduced the bond request by 50%. To help you understand how the bond would impact your household, here is a chart showing the costs of the proposed bond. And remember, use your assessed value and not the market value. If you want help determining your value, visit the King County Assessor’s website.

Assessed Value Levy Rate Bond Annual Cost Bond Monthly Cost
$700,000 0.262396 $184 $15.34
$800,000 0.262396 $209 $17.50
$900,000 0.262396 $236 $19.66
$1,000,000 0.262396 $262 $21.84
$1,100,000 0.262396 $288 $24.00
$1,200,000 0.262396 $315 $26.25

We are still finalizing some project details, so many more discussions and public meetings will come soon. I encourage you to stay tuned for more information, and please come to the public meetings to let your voice be heard.

Please watch the Monday, November 6, 2023 City Council Special Meeting to learn more about this project.

Amy Arrington, City Manager

City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)

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