Community Center

The Pella Community Center as seen on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

PELLA — The Pella City Council discussed the Pella Community Center during a special meeting on Tuesday, looking at options for the building’s future.

The council reviewed a presentation on three possible options for the building given by the city staff. All three plans will likely cause a tax increase.

During the special meeting, no formal action was taken. However, the council will make a decision in renovating or expanding the Community Center during a future meeting.

According to the staff memo, the Community Center is located at 712 Union Street and was originally constructed in 1915 as a school facility. The building was eventually acquired by the City of Pella in 1979.

Since then, the building now offers a variety of programs and services for the community, including the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery.

In 2019, the building underwent three building assessments, with the most recent one taking place in December of 2020. The assessment detailed safety items which would need to be replaced over the next 20 years.

The first option includes a $4.5 million renovation to the existing Community Center while maintaining existing service levels. The estimated property tax increase on a home that assesses at $200,000 would be approximately $49 per year.

The second option includes a partnership with the Friends of the Pella Community Center for a $15 million renovation of the Community Center. The estimated share of this project from the city would be around $11 million. For this option, the estimated property tax increase on a home that assesses at $200,000 would be approximately $120 per year.

Lastly, the third option includes building a new $17 million Community Center. As of now, there will not be any additional costs for transitioning the existing Community Center to a new one. For this option, the estimated property tax increase on a home that assesses at $200,000 would be approximately $186 per year.

The next Pella City Council meeting will be on July 6, beginning at 6 p.m.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com.

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