Demolition Delay, Parking Lot Purchases Possible In Bloomington | WGLT

Demolition Delay, Parking Lot Purchases Possible In Bloomington

Apr 22, 2017

The entrance to Bloomington's City Hall Annex hasn't been used for years.
Credit Staff

Obtaining and doing away with property will occupy Bloomington aldermen when they meet in regular session tonight.

The city council will consider rejecting all bids for demolishing the City Hall Annex building. It's been vacant for many years and has fallen into disrepair, but the staff is recommending the bid process for tearing down the building be delayed until next year.

All three bids came in above the budgeted cost of $350,000, with the high bid more than twice the amount.

Walls falling apart and mold growth are just some of the problems with the City Hall Annex building.
Credit City of Bloomington

Aldermen will also consider whether to spend $961,000 on four parking lots currently owned by Frontier and located south of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Short term plans include adding landscaping to the parking areas, while long range plans could include a parking deck.

Among other items on the Monday regular agenda, the council will consider whether or not it should look into having a bike corridor on East Washington Street.

At the request of the advocacy group Bike BloNo, the city will use painted chalk to install temporary bike lanes along the street between Mercer and Kreitzer Avenues. After a short trial period, the council will decide if the public should provide input into whether the Washington corridor should include bike lanes between Lee and Regency streets.

The council will also consider options for replacing the brick street on Monroe from Robinson to Clinton streets. Residents requested the upgrade. It could cost between $820,000 and over $2 million depending on which option the city chooses.

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