Swan Creek Library: Priced to Sell

Last week we wrote that it looks like the MLK Library branch building may have a buyer. It doesn’t look like the Swan Creek library has fared quite as well.

Apparently there were no bids submitted for that building, and last week the City of Tacoma posted a new RFP for the Swan Creek Library branch building with a minimum bid amount reduced to $300,000 from the initial $400,000 minimum bid price. The RFP for the library still comes with the added stipulation that proposals will be selected based on their compatibility with the neighborhood, and with the City’s goal to be a safe, clean and attractive community.

This is the second RFP published for the acquisition of Swan Creek Library. The original RFP was published on April 20, 2012, and proposals were due by May 22, 2012. While the City did not receive any proposals for the original RFP, the City did receive feedback from potential proposers. This feedback cited concerns with the minimum bid amount and certain terms of the RFP. As a result, this new RFP has been changed to include a reduced minimum bid amount of $300,000, more opportunities for potential buyers to perform due diligence, and the City’s willingness to warrant title and address certain environmental concerns.

Bids are due July 24, 2012. Any takers?

Read more at www.CityofTacoma.org/LibrarySale.

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Wow, a six million dollar building is now on blue light special at city hall. $300,000… or whatever. I guess all those kooky restrictions the city put on the library building sales tended to drive interest into the toilet. Just another example of waste, fraud and abuse by the council.

The taxpayers sure got their money’s worth out of that high priority investment.

June 18, 2012 at 10:16 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Paul White

I was thinking the neighborhood could buy these buildings for a place to put their books, then people could borrow books and bring them back after they are finished reading them.  Later they could expand the offerings to videos and pornography.

June 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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