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Puyallup may sell building that’s home to nonprofits

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on June 5, 2012 at 11:21 pm with 7 Comments »
June 6, 2012 1:51 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. bushisapig says:

    It isn’t a surprise to me that John Hopkins wants to do this. He most likely also wants to buy it for himself at a discount, to go along with his other Downtown property holdings. Maybe he can buy it and lease it out to another Irish Bar like the one down the street. That’s what we need, three Irish bars in Downtown…

    Money, money, money…

  2. AveragePublicEmployee says:

    I am having a hard time believing that the City of Puyallup owns that Fire Station to even sell.

  3. Educator1 says:

    The millions that go through the non-profit and they cannot buy the building? Of course if I could get free rent I would do it too.

  4. dray831 says:

    “The millions that go through the non-profit . . . . . ” ? Really? Where did you hear that? Have you seen their books? You need another source of information, aside from Fox News! Educator1 is obviously not and educated one.

  5. steveyoung says:

    bushisapig sounds a bit sore.

  6. sirlancealot says:

    (Why is the title to this article keeping me up ? Why is the “that’s” bothering me? I need to get some sleep and get a life.)

  7. theaveragecitizen says:

    “Money, money, money…” Yeah, and if the building sits there and costs the city money to run without getting enough in, you’ll be the first guy to get up and complain about the government wasting YOUR tax dollars.

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