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Former Wyandotte City Hall Up For Sale

The deadline to submit bids on the property and the adjacent parking lot is March 25.

Now that Wyandotte City Hall has successfully moved to a new location, the former City Hall property, 3131 Biddle, is up for sale, along with its adjacent parking lot.

Officials are seeking any proposal for the properties, including those that include demolishing the current structure, according to Kelly Roberts, development coordinator and office supervisor with the city's building department.

"We'll consider any proposal that anyone wants to bring us," Roberts said.

There is no minimum bid required for the property, but a $10,000 deposit is required to submit a bid. (To read the city's official request for proposals, click on the link under the PDF tab to the right.)

In December, City Council members voted in favor of seeking grant money from the state of Michigan to pay for the demolition of the old Wyandotte City Hall.

At that time, though, council members stressed that there's no guarantee that the building will be torn down. Rather, they said, they merely want to secure the grant money in case it ever comes to that.

Roberts said she expects to find out by the end of the month if the city will receive the grant. However, building officials will consider any bids received before the March 25 deadline.

All new developments will be planned and designed with the city's historic and visual standards, have a minimum impact on natural areas and have a positive impact on surrounding areas and neighborhoods, according to building officials.

"It’s an open slate and we are willing to consider any development," Roberts said. "We want it to be compatible with the downtown area and meet our master plan."

Mayor Joseph Peterson promised that whatever comes of the property, it's going to be exciting for Wyandotte.

"Everything we do there has to be a home run," he said. "That site is in the heart of downtown. Whatever comes there has to be vibrant. ... It's not very often that you get a location in the middle of our downtown to bring something here and we have to use this opportunity."

Once ideas start to trickle in, Peterson said, there will be public hearings and opportunities for people to give their input.

"We will move very slow and make the right decision," he said. "It's important that we continue to hit home runs, especially with that site."

Building officials set a pre-proposal walk-through from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 for anyone considering developing the site.

Roberts said residents and city employees have made a smooth transition to the new City Hall building at 3200 Biddle, which opened Nov. 13.

"The new facilities are going great," Roberts said. "It's nice."

What would you like to see done with the property? Check out with other Patch readers had to say and then let us know what you think.

William Riley March 01, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I guess the rules about selling property for everyone else in this city don't apply to the city itself! As I understand, all buildings are to be up to code before being put up for sale, and I also understand that all offices moved out because of the huge mold problem found in the building. That building needs to be torn down, rather than finding some sucker to buy it in hopes of renovating it. Buyer beware!!!
acroporless March 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I THOUGHT THEY SAID, "YOU CAN'T BUY CITY HALL!"
Steve March 05, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The buildings just need to be brought up to code before a certificate of occupancy is given I believe. Not before it is sold. Any foll that would buy that building to do anything except tear it down needs their head examined. If anyone is proposing to save the building and put money into it to use it should be laughed at and their proposal thrown out the window.

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