County purchases last unit in office building; moving forward with renovation
Cascade County Commissioners approved the purchase of the last remaining privately owned unit in the Executive Plaza during a special meeting on Dec. 31.
Commissioners voted unanimously to purchase the unit for $135,000 plus shared closing costs, which would be a few hundred dollars, according to Carey Ann Haight, deputy county attorney.
The unit is currently occupied by a dentist office and the dentist will continue to operate in the space under a lease agreement approved Monday.
Dr. Lance Brimhall, the dentist, is currently completing a quiet title action that is expected to be complete in January.
The lease agreement is scheduled to start February for $1,450 per month for an initial one year term with the option to renew.
“It will be great to have the whole building under county control,” Commissioner Jane Weber said, so that the county can move forward with plans to renovate the building.
In April, commissioners approved a $337,000 contract to Nelson Architects for architectural services for the design and construction for site improvements and the interior remodel.
For years, the county had been buying units in the building, which is broken up as a condo association, and now owns all of the units.
The space is haphazard and inefficient with stairways to nowhere and hard to find offices. The remodel is planned to make a more efficient use of space for offices and storage, according to county officials.
The entire project is an estimated $3 million.