Municipal Campus Improvement Project
The Monroe community has grown in population and city infrastructure, such as roads and essential buildings, and city services need to meet the needs of this growth. In 2008, the Mayor and City Council developed long-range plans to accommodate this growth; once such plan was the Municipal Campus Improvements Master Plan.
The campus includes City Hall, Municipal Court, Police Station and the Public Works/Parks Operations Building. The campus master plan identified projects aimed at improving public access to services, reducing environmental impacts, improving security and emergency response access, and acquiring and improving campus buildings for public works and parks operations.
Campus improvements have been planned for in the following phases.
- Phase I: Public Works/Parks Operations Building, Emergency Operations Center and associated facilities – Completed
- Phase II: City Hall and Municipal Court (Administrative Wing) – In progress
- Phase III: Police Department (Justice Wing) - Future
Administrative Wing Remodel Begins Summer 2023: City Hall and Municipal Court to temporarily relocate
In 2019, an evaluation of the campus and specific building upgrades concluded remodeling would be less expensive than purchasing land to build a new campus. In March 2023, the City Council authorized the remodel of City Hall and Municipal Court, known as the Administrative Wing, as well as its funding through issuance of general obligation bonds, of which the debt service is to be paid by first quarter real estate excise taxes.
In order to remodel the Administrative Wing, department and court staff will need to relocate. Staff from the Executive Department, City Clerk’s Office, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Departments will move to a temporary City Hall. Municipal Court, Public Works and Parks and Recreation will function from the Public Works/Parks Operations Building. City Council, Planning Commission and city board meetings will be held at various locations. Relocation is expected in July 2023. Remodeling is expected to begin in late summer and be completed in 18-24 months.
Locations during remodel
- Temporary Monroe City Hall, 14841 179th Ave SE, Suite 320
- Temporary Monroe Municipal Court, 769 Village Way
- Public Works and Parks & Recreation Services, 769 Village Way
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- 8/14-18: Monroe Municipal Court will be closed in preparation of its temporary relocation. Court will reopen Mon. Aug. 21 at 769 Village Way.
- 8/9/23: Finance Department staff, including Utility Services, is now open at the temporary City Hall.
- 8/1/23: Staff from the Executive (Mayor, Council) and Administration (City Administrator, Human Services Coordinator) departments have relocated to the temporary City Hall.
- 7/31/23: The Community Development Department is now located at the temporary City Hall.
- 7/24/23: Site plan review information (SITE2023-02) for the renovation of the Administrative Wing can be found here. Contact Leigh Ann Barr, Associate Planner at 360-863-4511 or via email.
- 7/12/23: Municipal Campus Improvement Project informational flyer - English, Spanish, Combined - now available.
- 7/11/23: Starting July 11, City Council and council committee meetings will be temporarily held at the Monroe School District Administration Building, 14692 179th Ave SE. Go to the Meeting and Agenda webpage for more information.
- 7/5/23: News Release issued announcing the phased dates of when city departments will be serving the public at the temporary City Hall and when Monroe Municipal Court will begin services at its temporary location. Read the news release.
- 6/30/23: In late June, homes within and just outside Monroe city limits were mailed an informational postcard about the model of City Hall and Monroe Municipal Court.
Municipal Campus Improvements Project Funding
Phase I: Public Works/Parks Shop and Emergency Operations Center
Phase I of the Municipal Campus project included, among other improvements, construction of the Monroe emergency operations center and Public Works shop facility and was completed in 2018. This phase was funded by utility revenue bonds and does not rely on general funds (property taxes) for repayment.
Phase II: City Hall/Municipal Court Remodel
The Municipal Campus Improvements Project is funded through the adopted 2023-2024 Budget and the 2023-2029 Capital Facilities Plan, approved by the City Council. Careful and conscientious financial planning has allowed for design and construction costs to be held to within existing revenue sources.
- Design costs (~$1.6 million) were included in the 2022 budget and reappropriated in the 2023-2024 budget.
- Construction costs (~$17 million) will be funded by issuing Councilmanic Bonds, or “limited tax general obligation bonds” and will be paid by existing Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) and existing utility revenues. There is no tax increase associated with the payment of these bonds.
- State of Washington (~$1.2 million) Community Project Award for Therapeutic Court.
The use of Councilmanic Bonds was authorized by the City Council by the adoption of Ordinance 003/2023 on March 14, 2023 and commits the city to pay its debt within existing revenues. Revenue sources include the first quarter Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) and utility revenues over the next 40 years. REET is restricted to capital uses and utility revenue will support a portion of the remodel associated with utility staffing use.
General obligation bonds, limited and unlimited tax general obligation, have been the traditional form of financing for capital projects such as administrative facilities (City Halls, Courts, etc.) owned and operated by government.
Additionally, the city is seeking funding through the State and Federal Legislature to help offset construction costs for the remodeled Municipal Court.
Phase III: Police Station Remodel
The City has budged $700,000 in the 2023-2024 Biennial Budget to begin the assessment and design of Phase III: Police Station. By starting the assessment and design of Phase III during construction of Phase II, the City will be prepared to begin identifying funding sources for Phase III construction as Phase II is completed.
As part of Phase II of the Municipal Campus Improvements Project, City Hall will be remodeled and a new area for Municipal Court services will be built between City Hall and the Police Station in the Justice Wing. Improvements that will create a sense of welcoming include:
- Enhance customer access with improved parking, more counter and meeting room space and accessibility improvements.
- Improve internal functionality to better align department operations for more efficient and effective service delivery.
- Ensure, to the extent possible, minimized interruptions to city services and public meetings during temporary relocation and return.
Key features of the Administrative Wing remodel include:
- Improved energy and environmental efficiency through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) design “Silver” standards leading to lower ongoing operational and maintenance costs;
- Improved life safety deficiencies such as seismic upgrades, fire protection and back-up power;
- Upgraded network and security operations to better protect the public’s resources;
- Enhanced air quality and sound buffering;
- Increased square footage with room for future growth to meet the demands of our growing population;
- New secure customer service window that allows for a more comfortable customer experience;
- New foyer and counter areas which increase the comfort interactive experience for customers;
- New Municipal Court (Justice Wing);
- New Council Chambers (Administrative Wing) allowing for better site lines and more room for those that wish to attend meetings in person;
- Native landscaping, new outside paths leading to building entrances which will decrease ongoing operational and maintenance costs;
- Increased parking; and
- New interior public art.
- July 2023: Contract bidding and bid award by the City Council
- July 2023: City Hall staff to relocate to the temporary City Hall and into the Public Works/Parks Operations Building
- Aug./Sept. 2023: Construction begins on the remodel of the Administrative Wing.
Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months. The construction schedule is subject to change and likely will.
Temporary City Hall, 14841 179th Ave SE, Suite 320
Currently, City Hall and Municipal Court houses 47 employees. In June/July 2023, about 30 employees will relocate to a temporary City Hall located in the Sky River Medical Center, 14841 179th Ave SE, Suite 320.
The following city services will be available at the temporary City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Department and staff phone numbers will remain the same. Please search our staff directory for specific contact information.
Temporary Municipal Court, 769 Village Way
Public Works and Parks & Recreation Services, 769 Village Way
About 15 staff members from the Public Works and Parks & Recreation department currently staffed in at City Hall will be relocated to the Public Works/Parks Operations Building located at 769 Village Way.
Temporary Meeting Locations for Council and Advisory Boards
City Council and council committee meetings will be held at the Monroe School District Administration Building located at 14692 179th Avenue SE (Monroe).
Planning Commission, Park Board and advisory boards will be posted on the Meeting and Agenda page.
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Justice Wing Remodel: Police Department
As part of Phase III of the Municipal Campus Improvements Project, the Police Station (Justice Wing) will be remodeled to accommodate the following deficiencies noted in the 2019 campus evaluation:
- Inadequate victim and witness interview and intake areas;
- Undersized training space for officers and professional staff;
- Deficient security; and
- Misalignment of workspaces.
Design will likely start in 2024 following the completion of the remodel of the City Hall and Municipal Court.
Municipal Campus: Public Works/Parks Projects
As part of Phase I of the Municipal Campus Improvements Project, a campus study completed in 2008 identified several projects that would improve operations and public services for the Public Works and Parks & Recreation departments.
Prior to 2009, most Public Works staff (design/construction, surface and storm water, maintenance) and Parks and Recreation staff were housed in portable buildings by the current location of City Hall.
The following projects have been completed over several years as noted below:
- Relocation and construction of the Police Department vehicle impound yard (2019)
- Relocation and construction of the Police Department evidence storage building (2019)
- Construction of the public works maintenance shop and Monroe emergency coordination center (2018)
- Establishment of a secure Police Department parking area (2018)
- Improvement to the storm water collection system on the emergency access road used by emergency first responders (2015)
- Construction of two on-site fuel stations (2014)
- Relocation of the public bulk water fill station to 843 Village Way (2013)
- Construction of the storm water and sanitary sewer decant facility located at 955 Village Way (2010)
- Purchase and remodel of the Public Works/Parks Operations building at 769 Village Way (2009)