- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - A building now occupied by a defense contractor likely will serve as Bellevue’s new City Hall by late 2016.

BAE Systems told the city last week that it plans to vacate the building by March 31 after deciding not to extend its lease, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1HEDked ) reported.

The building is one of three in an office complex that the city purchased for almost $4 million in 2012. City officials say the property was purchased with plans for it to eventually serve as a centralized city government campus.

After BAE Systems moves out, it probably will take around a few months for renovation work and for city government operations to move out of the current City Hall, said Rich Severson, the city’s finance director. He said around $250,000 has been set aside in the 2016 budget for the building’s renovation.

“I hope we can get it done for that price,” Severson said. “They have a lot different configuration of an office as a defense contractor than we would as a government building.”

Severson said city officials hope to sell the building that’s currently being used as Bellevue’s City Hall. But he suspects that the structure built in the 1970s likely will be demolished to make way for new development.

Several departments can’t fit inside the building and are spread among a few buildings along the block. The roof also needs to be replaced, but the city has chosen to patch it for $12,500. Officials hope it doesn’t cause more problems before employees move out next year.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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