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City mulling offer on Public Works buildings

MONTESANO — The Montesano City Council is mulling a new offer on its old public works buildings.

Council members went into a closed-door executive session to talk about the matter Tuesday night. City officials have not said who the offer is from or the specifics of the offer— and state Open Public Meeting Act laws allow the city to be vague about offers until they make a final acceptance and sell it in an open session.

Last fall, the Montesano City Council had approved a $175,000 sale of the old public works building and former shop building with hopes it could be turned into an doctor’s office. That turned into an expensive proposition and the sale fell apart last month.

The former shop building and land was valued by the Grays Harbor Assessor’s Office at $280,045 and the former public works building and land was valued at $182,815.

At one point, Senior Center officials looked at taking over the building — with the city practically giving it to them — but opted against that plan because of the high costs associated with renovating the building to include a kitchen and heat.

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