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At the regular Blackfoot City Council meeting on April 6, 2021, City Council requested that Mayor Marc Carroll make an offer for a lease-purchase of the Nonpareil Corporation Administration building, located at 411 W Collings Siding Road. There were counteroffers that were exchanged between the parties, resulting in a proposal that was subsequently brought to a Special City Council meeting on April 13, 2021. At this meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the proposal offered by the sellers, Randi Phillips and Chris Abend, as they believe the offer was extremely reasonable and presented an excellent value for the City.
City Hall has been located in two different buildings on North Broadway for as long as anyone can remember, and since 1987 has been housed at 157 N. Broadway, upstairs from the City Library. With the significant growth of the City over the last 10 years, the current explosion of new housing construction and new businesses locating in the City, current administrative offices are nearing capacity to accommodate this growth. Since the growth of the City is projected to occur to the west of town, it was felt that City Hall should move in that direction. The City has been looking at this property since 2019, with the goal of eventually co-locating City Hall and the Blackfoot Police Department in one location. While it may take years to co-locate these two City Departments, it gives the space necessary to allow it in the future. This will also allow the Blackfoot Public Library the opportunity for potential expansion in their current location.
The City is currently in the “Due Diligence” phase of this agreement with the Abend Family. During this 60-day period the City will be conducting inspections of the infrastructure of the building, evaluating minor remodeling requirements, and securing estimates for significant upgrades to the building that will be required in order to accommodate necessary computer and emergency services communication systems.
The City Council, Mayor, and City Employees are excited about the potential for this move and the increased capability to service the needs of Blackfoot residents. Accessibility to this building for all citizens will be better than at the current location, as services will all be available on one floor.
The City will provide updates as matters proceed during the Due Diligence phase, utilizing the City’s web site, social media and additional press releases.