By Mike McKibbin
As Edgewater city officials settle into the new Civic Center building, the most recent city hall building could be under contract for sale in a few months.
The city is negotiating a contract for the sale of the recently vacated municipal building at West 24th Street and Sheridan Boulevard. The building was constructed as an office furniture store in the mid-1980s and was sold to the city in 1995 to serve as the “new” city hall. At the end of last year, the building was replaced by the new $12.5 million, 55,000 square-foot Civic Center, about six blocks away at 1800 Harlan St.
The Civic Center includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, 10,000-square-foot gymnasium, 10,000-square-foot Jefferson County Public Library, 6,000-square-foot police department, plus 6,000 square feet for administrative offices, 5,000 square feet of basement space, 3,000 square feet of public meeting, entry and atrium space, and 3,000 square feet of unfinished space for future use.
The city sold properties at West 25th and Gray — which included previous city hall, fire department and library buildings — in August. The owners of the 25th and Gray property, CSI-Edgewater, LLC, also own corner properties to the west and south. The four parcels are to be developed as Edgewater Town Square, a commercial project.
City Manager H.J. Stalf said shortly after the start of this year that a contract for the sale of the West 24th and Sheridan building might be finalized and plans presented to the city planning and zoning commission in February or March. The anticipated use of the building is a restaurant, but details remain to be worked out, according to a city email newsletter. The use and sale could be finalized this summer.
Meanwhile, city council held their last meeting at the West 24th and Sheridan building on Nov. 1 and their first meeting in the Civic Center council chambers on Dec. 6.
Starting Jan. 15, council meetings will be held on Tuesday nights rather than Thursday nights. Mayor Linda Keegan said the change was made “very simply” because Tuesday nights were felt to be more convenient for council members, “as well as allowing the council to have all weekend to review our upcoming packets, too,” Keegan wrote in an email.
Council meetings will continue to begin at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesdays of each month and when needed.