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City plans for new facilities because of growth

(MIDVALE JOURNAL) City leaders recently adopted a facility master plan that will serve as a blueprint for future building projects.

In 2007, the city hired the architectural firm of JRCA to study Midvale’s needs regarding personnel and facilities. JRCA’s research was presented to the council for consideration, but no formal action was taken at that time.

“We were specifically concerned about what impact the new Superfund sites will have on the city,” said Kane Loader, Midvale’s city manager. “It became apparent we will need another fire company at Fire Station #21 and, since that building is too small to house two fire companies, we started making plans for a new facility.”

Another concern was that City Hall was too small to permit expansion, which has affected some official decisions. “One of the reasons we decided to employ a contract instead of an in-house city attorney is that we didn’t have any more office space,” Loader said.

City leaders considered several scenarios and after again consulting with JRCA, decided the best option would be to build a 71,000-square-foot combined facility on Midvale’s Dahl Field property to house City Hall, the municipal court, a fire station and Community Building Community offices.

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