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City ponders $11M in upgrades
Blue Building renovation is at $6 million.

McMinnville officials will be considering measures Tuesday night to place two referendums on the November ballot that could result in up to $11 million in spending.
The items are McMinnville Civic Center renovation at $5 million, and Blue Building renovation at $6 million.
The estimate on the Civic Center was obtained after HFR Design was hired by the city to generate a set of full architectural drawings. Using that information, architects offered an estimate on renovation costs.
“They went with $5 million,” said McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord. “The bids might come in less than that. We just don’t know.”
Alderman Mike Neal has requested the information to be placed as a referendum on the next ballot due to the significant cost. However, the measure must first be approved by the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the form of a resolution to be placed on the ballot.
The plan calls for Civic Center renovation and expansion. It would upgrade the entire facility and include a larger Wellness Center with childcare capabilities, a better walking track, a new basketball court, an elevator, and more.
This is the second time for a proposed referendum on the Blue Building at an estimated cost of $6 million to renovate. In 2012, officials voted to send the measure to the ballot. It failed 60.4 percent to 39.6 percent.
According to a city appraisal done in 2008, renovating the entire Blue Building was estimated at $6 million. The gymnasium and auditorium comprised almost $2.4 million of the cost, while the main building, wings included, was $3.4 million. The building’s gym and auditorium have been removed, but no new estimate exists.
Tuesday’s meeting will be held on the second floor of City Hall and begin at 7 p.m.