While work progresses on the restoration of the city's old Memorial Building, the list of prospective tenants grows.
City Councilman Keith Jenkins told other council members Tuesday night that most of the stuccoing work on the building's facade is nearly completed.The council set aside $50,000 in capital improvement funds for the building, 51 N. Center, late last year, and is also donating proceeds from its new recycling program to aid in the building's refurbishing and restoration.
Sterling Merrill, an attorney representing the city's Hutchings Museum foundation, told the council the museum could possibly be housed in the Memorial Building. In April, Merrill also approached the council with a proposal that the city take over the funding and operation of the museum.
Lehi's Veterans of Foreign Wars group has contacted the council about possible space for exhibits. Members have helped with work in the restoration project.
During this week's council meeting, Richard VanWagener said Union Pacific Railroad has donated $5,000 for restoration of the city's old Union Pacific depot and that the facility could possibly be restored and moved to the Memorial Building.
The building was at the center of a dispute last year between city officials over its restoration and the construction of a new administration building.
Council members tentatively approved construction of a new municipal building at the the site of the city's old junior high school more than a year ago. At the time, Mayor Guy Cash told the council that he preferred the city restore the Memorial Building for about $315,000. Council members told Cash they did not believe the restoration would provide adequate space for city offices.
Cash finally relented and signed the $427,000 bid for the new construction project in May, and the building was completed in January. The city offices - including Lehi's billing department, the city recorder's office and administrative secretaries and clerks - were moved into that facility, 153 N. 100 East, in February.
In the meantime, Cooper/Roberts Architects completed a survey of the Memorial Building - along with other historic sites in the city's downtown area - as part of a historic preservation project.
By the time the Memorial Building renovation is completed, Cooper/Roberts should have completed a preliminary cost study on renovating the entire downtown area with a "turn-of-the-century community" theme.