- Editor’s note: Several city councilors have been outspoken about using taxpayers money for this building. One thing that has not been addressed is if Yelm property owners are going to be yet saddled again with more O&M (operational and maintenance) expenses. The city signed an ill-advised and oft-criticized 20 year contract to pay O&M expenses on the Yelm library condo. Will the city’s taxpayers pay another O&M expense with this structure? Where will building patrons park their vehicles? The city council needs to explain this to the public!
- From the City of Yelm:
“City Reviewing Design Proposals for Center for Education and Economic Development Building”
“The City of Yelm is reviewing proposals for the architectural design of a multi-story, multi-use building that will provide space for education and economic development, following $200,000 in grant funding through the Washington State Legislature.
“In 2018, the City purchased an office building to relocate City Hall and an adjacent half-acre of vacant property within Yelm’s central business district. The purchase consolidated City operations, created a more defined civic center and provided an opportunity to create new services for the Yelm community, including the addition of the Yelm branch of the Thurston County Boys & Girls Club.
“A new building will provide a dedicated space for education, training, and technology to serve members of the rural parts of Thurston and Pierce Counties, and catalyze the startup and expansion of small business by breaking down barriers to entry for local businesses to continue to strengthen our local economy.”