July 11, 2018 07:16 PM
A multimillion-dollar project that’s been in the works for three years suddenly has a new addition that will cost an extra half-million dollars.
The pool where New Hope residents usually swim is gone – for now – as construction on a new city hall and police department is underway.
Right across from the construction sits the current city hall. It will be leveled and dug up to make way for the new pool.
There is some concern over the pool’s size. The pool complex was initially supposed to be a six lane pool, with $2 million in funding coming from the state bonding bill.
But in the last few weeks, discussions have increased those six lanes to eight, costing an additional $500,000.
“We have always been upfront with people that this is a very fluid project,” City Councilmember John Elder said.
Elder has long supported the larger pool, saying it will be good for the city.
“We will now have a state of the art pool that is better than any 50-meter pool in the Twin Cities metro area, and these are things that bring people to New Hope,” Elder said. “It brings in business, it brings in people into our city.”
While he acknowledges it will be good in the end, Councilmember Jonathan London questions why the city is taking on so much with so little saved.
“What is our goal? A new pool. Well, what do we want? OK, we want these things, what is it going to cost?” London said. “And then we should go and say, ‘Alright, how should we finance it or how should we pay for it?’ And if it’s too much, then you delay it. OK, well let’s start saving.”
The city is banking on grant money from Hennepin County covering some of the excess costs, but is also asking swim clubs to kick in what they can.
Created: July 11, 2018 07:16 PM
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