RESOLUTION NO. 837
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, APPROVING AN AGREEMENT WITH AUSTINCINA, ARCHITECTS FOR DESIGN OF THE NEW CITY HALL OFFICES AND COUNCIL CHAMBERS
WHEREAS, the City has been engaged in a planning and development process for many years to create a visually attractive mixed-use town center to serve as the civic and commercial focal point of the community; and
WHEREAS, in 1999, following a series of public meetings, design workshops and public processes, the City adopted a Town Center Plan that established a vision for redevelopment of the City’s central business area and which includes the following core objectives and strategies: (i) create a high quality comprehensive integrated retail, commercial and residential anchor for downtown University Place; (ii) create a special identity and gathering place for the City and its residents with access to downtown businesses; (iii) create a visually attractive and pedestrian oriented space in the downtown area; (iv) enhance public security and provide City residents with additional housing opportunities through the introduction of multi-family residential buildings in downtown; (v) encourage tourism; and (vi) revitalize the business district; and
WHEREAS, in 2002 and again in 2007, the City Council adopted a five-year Economic Development Strategic Action Plan; the Council also established an Economic Development Task Force to promote business growth and development within the City’s business districts to ensure an economically sustainable future. The Economic Development Task Force and the Strategic Action Plan identifies as one of the goals of the City the creation of University Place Town Center, with a mix of residential, commercial, cultural, community, public and open spaces. The development concept for Town Center is a mixed-use neighborhood that creates an integrated retail and residential center in the City; and
WHEREAS, the City acquired the Town Center Property, the City has diligently pursued achievement of the goals of the Town Center Plan, including the completion of successful public-private developments on Lots 7, 8, and 10, as well as development on Lots 4, and 11, which will be underway this year; and
WHEREAS, in 2006, the City entered into an Agreement with the Pierce County Rural Library District for development of a joint Library and Civic Building in Town Center. The new Library/Civic Building is complete and open; and
WHEREAS, since the inception of the Town Center Project, the City has planned to move City Hall, including all offices and the Council Chambers, from the old Windmill Village site (Town Center Lot 1) to the upper two floors of the Library/Civic Building; and
WHEREAS, the Windmill Village site (Town Center Lot 1) is under contract for future development to Verus Partners, who developed Lot 7 and are developing Lot 4; and
WHEREAS, the City’s 2017-2018 budget includes full funding for relocation of City Hall, including all offices and the Council Chambers, to the upper two floors of the Library/Civic Building; and
WHEREAS, the City selected AustinCina through the statutory competitive selection process, finding the firm best qualified to provide the necessary design service for the new offices and the Council Chambers in the Library/Civic Building;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Incorporation of Recitals. The recitals are hereby incorporated herein as if set forth in full.
Section 2. Approval of Form of Documents. The City Council hereby approves execution of the Agreement for Architectural Services in substantially the form of the documents accompanying this Resolution.
Section 4. Completion of Work. The City Manager is authorized to take and execute any additional measures or documents that may be necessary to complete this transaction, which are consistent with the approved form of documents attached to this Resolution, and this Resolution.
Section 5. Effective Date. This Resolution shall be effective immediately upon adoption by the City Council.
ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON JUNE 5, 2017.
Javier H. Figueroa, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Steve Victor, City Attorney