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Latest Snohomish Carnegie plans shown

SNOHOMISH — A vision of the renovated 1910 Carnegie building came into clearer view as ARC Architects presented drawings, floor plan descriptions and costs at a town hall April 24.
While the upper level might be described as elegant and gracious when restored to new condition, the shoestring-budget lower level could best be called “basic and interesting” or “edgy” according to ARC principal Stan Lokting.
The 1968 annex will be demolished for a more historic, sleek building facade based on the current plans.
In addition, the Carnegie will gain an outdoor, uncovered lift providing ADA access to both levels. Access to the upper and lower levels by stair or lift would require users to exit the building to go up or down.
The upper level could accommodate approximately 120 people. Renters might conduct weddings, meetings or lectures on the top story, which would boast a kitchen. The space would accommodate two functions at once. Lokting envisioned it with original-period style light fixtures, such as classroom globes, or perhaps a chandelier appropriated from the Everett Carnegie building which is also undergoing renovation.
The lower level likely would hold upwards of 100 people according to Lokting, who showed how it could be configured for banquets, fundraisers with silent auction space, or other gatherings. Due to budget constraints, the floors would be concrete, and the walls would be raw with exposed joints.
The current plans, estimated to cost approximately $2.5 million, would enable the city to use both levels immediately after construction was done.
That is a shift from a two-phase prior plan based on a budget of $1.65 million. After the city secured another $500,000 from the state Legislature in March, it bumped up the project budget to $2.15 million. The city has yet to bridge the $350,000 gap between the $2.15 million budget and $2.5 million projected cost.
“The budget is skinny for today’s construction climate,” Lokting said.
A budget excluding the lower level would be $1.96 million. The specific 1968 annex demolition cost portion of the project would be approximately $280,000 according to Lokting. That amount is included in the $2.5 million plan.
Current plans call for hydroseeding a lawn and do not allow for any additional parking aside from any minimal requirements for ADA accessible spots.
City Councilwoman Karen Guzak told the crowd since the city was so successful in securing the $500,000 grant, it could expect to win another $500,000 grant toward the project in the future.
About 75 residents, including the entire City Council and Mayor John Kartak, turned out for the presentation at the Snohomish Senior Center.
While the attendees were mostly quiet and supportive, opposition to the 1968 annex demolition continued in the form of a statement from the 105 Cedar Avenue Foundation sent to the Tribune April 25.
“Our foundation is in the process of securing a pro bono attorney to look into the possibility of a temporary restraining order or injunction to halt the demolition of the Annex. Already, we have developed 10 strong arguments for the attorney to present to the Court,” wrote foundation president Bill Betten.
As for now, the city plans to proceed with an order for 30 percent design drawings and more precise cost estimates for the City Council to review in June or July.
If approved, Lokting estimated the project could be entirely completed in nine to 10 months.


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