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Developer seeks former day care building

By David Hotle | Jul 24, 2018
Photo by: David Hotle A developer is offering to purchase the land the former Red Bear/Linda Lou’s building is sitting on.

After years of sitting empty, the former Linda Lou’s/Red Bear Day Care building may soon be getting new owners with the intent of constructing a new building on the site.

According to an amended agenda for Tuesday’s Washington City Council special session, the council will consider setting a public hearing for 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Washington Public Library Nicola-Stoufer Room to enter a development agreement sell the building at 123 E. Second St. to Pampamn, LLC. for redevelopment. According to the packet, Pampamn will agree to purchase the property for $75,000 with the stipulation the city will first demolish and remove the building. In the past the city solicited bids for the building with a minimum $85,000 bid. Pampamn will then, at its sole cost, construct a commercial building of no less than 8000 square feet.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said an agreement was reached Monday and the issue was put on the agenda as a way of expediting the process.

“With the Goncho project we ended up paying the cost of demolition to the developer and the developer ended up handling it in that case,” Hinson said. “In this case the deal is they are paying us a market rate for the property but we are responsible for demolishing the building.”

The council packet says the project being considered is within the Washington Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the city intends to repay itself for demolition costs from incremental revenues produced by the project.

The city owns the building, having purchased it when the city council was still planning to use the former library as a city hall. The plan was to demolish the building and use the 66-foot-by-100-foot piece of ground the building sits on for a parking lot.

According to The Washington Evening Journal, the council approved purchasing the vacant building at 123 E. Second St., in May 2015 at a cost of $85,000. A few months after the building was purchased, several new members came on the council, and the decision was made not to pursue using the former library as a city hall.

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