The city's Economic Development Office and Redevelopment Agency made the right move to offices in the renovated Kress Building, according to Gary Golightly, economic development director.
"We can't express in words the difference it has made," he said.The city is leasing 3,500 square feet of office space in the southeast corner of the Kress Building, 40 S. 100 West. Two other city divisions are also located in the offices: the Freedom Festival and Rehabilitation and Housing.
The city spent $30,000 on moving expenses and will pay $40,000 annually to lease the new office space. That cost will be partially offset by proceeds from the sale of the city-owned building formerly occupied by Economic Development, at 152 W. Center St.
"We are in the business of selling Provo," Golightly said. "That's hard to do in a dilapidated building."
The former location lacked privacy, had a leaky roof and a falling wall, Golightly said.
"It should have been torn down eight years ago," he said.
Golightly also plans to reduce his budget in other areas to compensate for the lease expenditure.
The new location has a reception area, individual offices for each division, an informal meeting/waiting room, and a formal meeting room. The offices feature a teal green and sand color scheme designed by Val Killian, with simulated granite accents and counters and conference table.
Killian also designed the interior renovation of the city's old library building.
The economic development office is the welcome mat for businesses considering locating in Provo, Golightly said.