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Bellevue City Hall is moving

Leaves Olde Towne Bellevue, technology upgrades
Posted: 5:45 PM, Jan 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-01 09:15:37-05

1500 Wall Street is the new address for Bellevue City Hall. 

The building is currently empty on the inside with some name tags and but soon furniture will be moved in. 

According to Bellevue City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli said this is part of a 6-year plan that also moved the police station to the area a few years ago. 

The city council chambers will see quite a few upgrades. 

Project manager and Bellevue Public Works Director Jeff Roberts showed 3 News Now five different screens where the public can see what city council is looking at. 

The meetings will also be live streamed, previously they were not. The hope here is to create better transparency with the public. 

"The public will feel engaged the public will feel comfortable coming here with the screens and seeing what the council will be looking at," said Mangiamelli. 

On the 2nd floor is mostly administration including the mayor's office and an emergency response room for city leaders to meet to talk about severe weather events or other emergencies. 

Mangiamelli said the current city hall building in Olde Towne Bellevue could be bulldozed because of its age, "The building has aspectos in it as you can imagine it's got some mold problems."

Some in Olde Towne Bellevue don't want to see City Hall leave. 

"This downtown area it just seems like it's abandoned,"said Quick Bites Soul Food owner Justin Epting, "It's unfortunate because I was hoping to keep those as customers".

Another business owner said agrees pointing out the lack of foot traffic, "It seems like it's hard to keep people to stick here people are finding it' a challenge to stay profitable," said Born to Play Games owner Justin Bourgeois. 

However Mangiamelli believes this move will actually create more development for a fading Olde Towne Bellevue, "Get rid of what's there and come up with a new plan which is hoped as a catalyst for further revitalization".

The cost of this move is around $2.8 million and everyone is expected to be moved in by the end of February.