HUDSON — The city now officially owns the building that will eventually become its new headquarters.
City Manager Jane Howington said officials during the week of May 21 closed on the city’s $3.5 million purchase of the PASCO building at 1140 Terex Road.
"We’re landlords," said Howington.
PASCO’s three-story, 32,270-square-foot building rests on a 20-acre lot and contains 200 parking spaces. Nearly all city departments are slated to be moved into the building in the early part of 2019. When the move is finished, the only departments which will operate elsewhere are Hudson Public Power, Hudson Public Works and the safety forces. All city departments except the above mentioned three have operated from leased space on Executive Parkway since 2013.
Howington said PASCO is still operating from its Terex Road structure and now has 120 days to vacate the building. After the site is vacated, the city will begin renovation work to convert the building into a city headquarters, according to Howington.
PASCO was originally slated to move its operations into the space on Executive Parkway that the city is leasing, but is instead moving into a building in Hudson Industrial Park off Terex Road, according to Howington.
Due to PASCO having different types of security needs, Howington said company officials felt the plan to use the Executive Parkway space was "too complicated and too difficult to be able to take on."
PASCO officials will now work to renovate their new home in the Hudson Industrial Park, according to Howington.
Under the original plan, some city employees were going to begin moving into the PASCO building earlier this year, but now all city employees will make the move at the same time, said Howington.
Thomas Sheridan, assistant city manager for professional services, said city officials "will try" to lease its current building space on Executive Parkway to another organization.
Looking to 2019
In April, City Council approved a $136,000 contract with Brandstetter Carroll to perform architectural designs on the project to renovate the PASCO building.
"The plans will be submitted to City Council in the summer for their review," said Sheridan. "The final plans will be completed in late summer."
He added the project will be bid out once officials have the final plans.
Sheridan said there are multiple areas on the first and second floors that are part of the PASCO call center that will be renovated into offices and public spaces. This renovation work will include creating a city community room and utility billing offices, doing plumbing and HVAC work, renovating restrooms, upgrading the fire system and installing fiber communication networks, new ceiling tiles, carpeting and an ADA accessible ramp.
Sheridan said all of this work — which is estimated to cost $850,000 — is scheduled to occur in late 2018.
City employees are scheduled to move into the Terex Road building in early 2019, said Sheridan.
City officials have said the PASCO building contains twice the space of other options that were explored, costs less than constructing a new building, has space for public meetings and other uses and will have a lower impact on traffic and neighborhoods compared with a downtown site.
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