Grand Haven leaders are looking to the future of the city's Washington Avenue government complex.
"We've been on this site for 80 years," City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "We have no plans but to occupy and renovate the existing buildings that we have here."
As part of its goals for the 2014-15 fiscal year, City Council wants to develop a plan to provide better access to the city's Building, Planning & Housing Department by moving it to underutilized space in the Department of Public Safety building. The city would also do heating and cooling improvements for all three government buildings at the campus.
"In 2014, we're set on making these buildings more efficient," McGinnis said.
McGinnis said they'd like to get the city's departments out of the City Hall annex, 20 N. Fifth St., lease the space and break even on the costs to operate it.
McGinnis noted that preliminary findings have shown that a centralized heating-and-cooling system could save money. The city spends about $100,000 per year on energy.
A preliminary schedule created by the city shows that they'd seek a consultant in the next several weeks. Once that's done, planning could begin, with construction taking place in late fall or winter and lasting about 108 days. There'd be a move-in date of sometime in 2015.
"This is very much off the cuff," McGinnis said of the timeline. "We don't know if the project will take 108 days."
Although they have some ideas in mind for a project, city officials are still undecided on how much it would cost or how they would pay for it.
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