The City’s new build option requires passage of a bond measure for $6.5 million to be paid for by an increase in Manzanita citizens’ property taxes for up to 31 years. Interest on this bond will add another $2-3 million, according to Manzanita City Hall Future’s website.
These costs do not include project expenses or paying off the loan the City took out to buy the Underhill property.
A remodel as proposed in this conceptual design involves the removal and/or repair of all identified obsolete and structurally deficient building components. This includes bringing the structure to the same Class 3 seismic rating as the new building option and replacement of all visible interior and exterior fits and finishes. Approximately 2,500 square feet of new floor space would be added during the remodel.
The basic version of the remodel was one of the 10 options submitted by the Public Facilities Advisory Committee to the city council in February at the conclusion of the committee’s work.
The proposal suggests building up cash to put towards the project and pay down the amount owed on the loan for the Underhill property to free up capital for construction financing options. Complete design work and building plans, secure preliminary arrangements for a potential loan for either a conventional or public agency lender to complete the remodel and expansion. This proposal also suggests selecting a more favorable opportunity within the next three years for going out to bid.
City Manager Cynthia Alamillo did not respond to comment about the remodel proposal.
The new build options submitted to the city council from the Public Facilities Advisory Committee contained space recommendations for city administration, police, and 260-299 square feet for an emergency hub with financing through a 15-year bond.
The new build council chamber/community room/shelter space is 3,636 square feet and will cost $1.8 million. The remodel with Quonset Hut and a new community room is 3,350 square feet and will cost approximately $450,000. The 900 square feet community room can be used for smaller group meetings that presently use the Underhill property, like the Yoga class and the Center for Contemplative Arts.
“The Quonset Hut is currently being used by the building tenants for storage,” Kugler said. “In a remodel, it will be used for storage of emergency supplies and a site for emergency sheltering space.”
Kugler said the Quonset Hut is not being proposed as an assembly occupancy for City-sponsored meetings, but in the rare event that a meeting is anticipated to attract more than 80 people who could not be accommodated in the council chambers, temporary seating could be set up to hold the event there.