Two well-known Puyallup nonprofits could soon need new headquarters.
The Puyallup City Council on Tuesday indicated it wants the city to sell its Community Resource Center on North Meridian, which today is home to the Puyallup Main Street Association and The Daffodil Festival, along with a consignment store.
A public hearing will be scheduled, possibly at the end of July, and then the council can direct staff to put the roughly 4,500-square-foot building on the market, said City Manager Ralph Dannenberg.
The city may not stop with that facility. Some council members indicated they also want to look into selling other property the city isn’t using.
Councilman Kent Boyle noted now isn’t necessarily “an ideal time to sell real estate” but that he’d “like to see us take a look at all the properties we have,” including the former North Puyallup Fire District 11 station near Valley Avenue East.
The city bought the Community Resource Center in 1999 and for years served as City Council chambers. The building no longer is needed for that purpose because the new City Hall opened in 2008; council chambers are on the fifth floor.
Today, the Main Street and Daffodil groups each pay $325 a month in rent for space in the resource center. The consignment store also rents space, although Dannenberg didn’t have the exact amount Tuesday night.
Councilman John Hopkins brought up the sale idea Tuesday, saying the nonprofit groups could then possibly move into City Hall, which is underutilized.
The council earlier this year talked about relocating city’s police department or municipal court into the five-story City Hall. But a consultant recommended against, saying the building wouldn’t work for those programs because of space and building code issues and the cost of adapting the building.