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Hal Moe Pool likely to be demolished

SNOHOMISH — Demolish it, and plant some grass — a blunt but simple suggestion for the Hal Moe Pool site from a City Councilman last year may come to fruition.
The City Council decided in June to go with a staff and advisory committee recommendation to tear the old building down to turn
it into a community park.
“This was, is, a community centered effort to focus on researching potential uses for the family and the site,” City project manager Denise Johns told the City Council in her presentation, adding that “after reviewing some of the preliminary concept plans and cost estimates, the committee suggested the existing Hal Moe Pool
building be removed and the site continued to be master planned as a park space.”
Community survey results reflected for city staff that residents wanted the old pool site to become a remodeled park space, an outdoor community event center, or a covered indoor recreation space, according to Johns.
The Hal Moe Pool closed in 2007.
Two staffers from the ARC Architects firm spoke with the City Council about the options for Hal Moe Pool to re-use the pool area and old glulam beams, if Council wanted to go that direction.
Paul Curtis, of ARC Architects, walked the City Council through the three site options: an open air park structure with a large covered area, for $2.24 million; an enclosed area for multi-purpose room, restrooms plus an open covered area, for an additional $1.24 million; and a fully enclosed structure that could be “an all-weather community, sport and event center” for an additional $1.27 million.
It would cost about $1 million to demolish the building
while keeping the glulam beams and other bones of the structure.
The city received an informal demolition estimate that’s much cheaper which doesn’t involve saving anything, public works director Steve Schuller said, but the contractor gave a snap estimate versus anything formal.
A memo from the architecture firm tallies the cost to build all three options together at approximately $4.75 million “given current market conditions.”
“We looked carefully at the structural report and hazardous material report,” project principal Stan Lokting from ARC said, “… the numbers that you’re looking at when looking at the bottom line, that includes things like architecture and engineering, permitting, furniture and contingencies and Washington state sales tax. So you’re looking at something that includes all the costs associated with redeveloping a project.”
Johns informed the City Council what the advisory committee wanted was to keep in line with city financial goals and that there are already existing venues for the community to
use, such as the currently closed Carnegie Building and possibly the 20-acre riverfront property or the 2000 Ludwig Road property, all of which are city-owned properties.
Johns said the committee said that adding that demolishing the building and landscaping it, with the possibility for an amphitheater later on would be an enhancement.
Councilman Michael Rohrscheib said he passes by the old pool site often and called it an “eyesore.” He stands by seeing it removed to plant some grass — “which I said last year, so I feel really good about this,” he said. “It’s still a gut-punch, though, that (it) will require $1 million to make that happen, but it is what it is at this point.”

 

 

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