Amarillo’s New City Hall May Be A $30 Million Dollar Fixer Upper
Ah progress, It seems like there's plenty of construction going on downtown, a new Potter County District Court building is going up and one of it's neighbors is on the way out too.
The City of Amarillo is outgrowing it's city hall and repairs are needed to the current building which was built in 1966. Repairs don't come cheap and the price tag is hovering around $20-28 million bucks depending on who you ask. Some of the gripes are systems challenges with HVAC, IT wiring and ADA compliance. The current site also has no room for expansion since it's sandwiched between Hodgetown and The Civic Center. The do nothing option and keeping the building as is would be an additional $5.5 Million over the next two years according to a report.
The Amarillo Hardware Company Building Reborn
The second option comes with a few perks and City Council will be discussing those tonight. The Amarillo Hardware Company location on Grant, (seen here with at least one tenant who got locked out) offers quite a bit more room physically. The building was purchased along with a few neighboring properties on Johnson street for $4.75 Million dollars after a November bond proposition to expand the Civic Center didn't pass.
This diamond in the rough comes with twice the parking with the renovation of neighboring properties and the ability to offer a drive through for utility payments. The $31 million dollar renovation cost would no doubt give the city more space with a more state of the art building with a retro feel and could potentially lead to more development in the warehouse district.
So Who's Footing The Bill?
The city is looking to issue certificates of obligation to fund the project, which behave much like bonds but don't need voter approval. So technically you and me ultimately are gonna fund this. If we're on the hook for 30 million, Let's get our money's worth.