Northwest NEWS

April 15, 2002

Local News

City of Bothell goes to voters for Civic Center Facility on May 21

BOTHELL - At its regular meeting on Monday, April 1, Bothell City Council adopted an ordinance that would allow the city to ask voters to decide on a $14.9 million bond in the May 21 Special Election.
   The mail-in ballot seeks city voters to approve funds to build a Civic Center Facility that would house all city services with the exception of police and court. The city and Northshore School District are studying the possibility of adding the District's administrative offices and services to the center.
   This joint opportunity would provide the community with benefits such as:
   Providing for most cost-effective use of land and structure resulting in future lowest-costs to taxpayers.
   Consolidating City functions now scattered among numerous buildings several blocks apart.
   Providing more meeting space for youth organizations, clubs and other not-for-profit groups.
   Providing "store-front" access for utility bill payments and questions and for Parks & Recreation program registration.
   Along with the new City of Bothell Police Station across the street, providing a visual "anchor" for downtown and setting the standard for future quality development in the area.
   "Building an adequate City facility is a need that has been discussed for years," said City Manager Jim Thompson. "This opportunity and the potential for partnering with Northshore School District provides a creative solution to best serve our community in the most cost-effective manner for public services such as education and government."
   Project facts include:
   City of Bothell Civic Center Facility potentially co-located and jointly owned with Northshore School District Administration.
   New facility creates efficiencies and significant cost-savings.
   Approximate cost of City of Bothell Civic Center space: $17 million.
   City of Bothell Civic Center project funded by voter-approved bond in the amount of $14.9 million and $2.1 million City General Fund Reserves.
   Replaces a City Hall structure that was built in 1938 and has surpassed its useful lifespan.
   Proposed to be built from 2003 to 2005 with facility open for public use in spring 2005.
   Approximate structure size of City of Bothell space: 50,000 sq. ft.
   Built on land already owned by the city.