A proposal to build a new Layton municipal complex, including city offices, police headquarters, and a court building, will be unveiled to Layton residents at a Jan. 5 public hearing in City Hall.

The City Council has for several months been studying a proposal to replace the current city hall and police headquarters.Plans being drawn up are for a $6.9 million complex that includes two buildings, one north of the city's museum and one northwest of the high school. The current building would be demolished for parking.

The council last summer incorporated itself as a building authority, which allows it to sell revenue bonds. That gives the city the option of either putting the project to a vote to finance it with general obligation bonds or sell revenue bonds and pay for the buildings out of tax revenue.

The proposal includes a city office building overlooking Kays Creek with 24,000 square feet of space on the main floor and a similar amount in the basement.

The courts and police building east of there on Wasatch Drive would have a total of just over 41,000 square feet.

City officials have been negotiating with the state, which wants to add a second circuit court or juvenile court in Layton. Estimating the state's lease revenue for two courtrooms at $2.4 million, the city will pay $4.5 million as its share for the two buildings.

Architects Tim Soffe and Jim Allred of the Allred, Soffee and Tuttle architectural firm have been drawing up the plans and working with the council.

Soffe told the council at a recent work meeting that plans call for finishing 28,900 square feet of the city office building, leaving 19,300 unfinished for storage and future expansion.

In the court building, the police and courts would each have 20,525 square feet. The council has already rejected a request for a police firing range in the building's basement, citing noise, safety, and expense considerations.

One of the two courtrooms would be 1,600 square feet, seating 75 to 80 persons, and the other would be 1,300 square feet and hold 45 people.

Soffe estimated the "turn-key" or actual cost of finishing the city office building to the point of occupancy at $3,460,029 and the cost of the police and courts building at $3,447,350. Of that, Soffe said, the state will pay $2.4 million over 20 years.

Soffe estimated the building costs at $77 per square foot, reduced to $65 per square foot if state payments are subtracted. That is about $10 per square foot less than a comparable complex recently built by West Valley City, Soffe said.

And, it is far less than the $114 per square foot spent on the Salt Lake County government building, city officials point out.