Public hearing scheduled for building sale

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Washington residents will have the chance to voice their opinion on the sale of the former Red Bear day care building before the city council is expected to take action on a development agreement for the building.

The public hearing will be part of the regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 7, in the Washington Public Library Nicola-Stoufer Room. Citizens can give an opinion on the city entering a development agreement sell the building at 123 E. Second St. to Pampamn, LLC. for redevelopment. Pampamn has agreed to purchase the property for $75,000 with the stipulation the city will first demolish and remove the building. In the past the city solicited bids for the building with a minimum $85,000 bid. Pampamn will then, at its sole cost, construct a commercial building of no less than 8000 square feet. The new building will be used for office space.

?We really think that is a great deal and something that will be positive for the downtown,? Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said.

The project being considered is within the Washington Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the city intends to repay itself for demolition costs from incremental revenues produced by the project.

The city owns the building, having purchased it when the city council was still planning to use the former library as a city hall. The plan was to demolish the building and use the 66-foot-by-100-foot piece of ground the building sits on for a parking lot.

According to previous reports in The Washington Evening Journal, the council approved purchasing the vacant building at 123 E. Second St., in May 2015 at a cost of $85,000. A few months after the building was purchased, several new members came on the council, and the decision was made not to pursue using the former library as a city hall.

The council will also consider a revised treatment agreement with IRE Biodiesel Plant. Hinson said the agreement would have the city take additional sewer flow from IRE and the company would pay the city more. Hinson said the city has the capacity to take the additional sewer flow.