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BILL NO. 18-801Res.No:          6378

Agenda Title:

18-801 - A resolution expressing the City Council's support for conveying land to the National Parks Service for a construction of a new Harry S Truman Home Visitor's Center.
Recommendations:

Staff recommends approval of the resolution.
Executive Summary:

The National Parks Service has operated the visitors center for the Harry S Truman home at 223 North Main since 1995.  The National Parks Service has been in the process of exploring relocation options.  Recently, the National Parks Service has expressed interest in a vacant, city-owned lot totaling approximately 1.08 acres.  The lot is located in the area bound by Truman Road on the south, North Lynn Street on the west, East White Oak Street on the north, and the City's transit center on the east.  Approval of this resolution would express the City's support for the project, including expressing a willingness to convey the property to the National Parks Service.
Background:

The National Parks Service has operated the visitors center for the Harry S Truman home at 223 North Main since 1995.  This facility is commonly known as Old Fire Station 1.  This facility, which is owned by the City of Independence, has deferred maintenance needs totaling over $400,000.  Given the significant capital maintenance needs, space restrictions, lack of modern technologies commonly found in newer National Parks Service visitors centers, and other limiting factors, the National Parks Service has been in the process of exploring relocation options.  Recently, the National Parks Service has expressed interest in a vacant, city-owned lot totaling approximately 1.08 acres.  The lot is located in the area bound by Truman Road on the south, North Lynn Street on the west, East White Oak Street on the north, and the City's transit center on the east.  The National Parks Service has shared renderings of the project with City staff and have estimated the total construction budget for a new visitors center to be in the range of $8 million to $10 million. Approval of this resolution would express the City's support for the project, including expressing a willingness to convey the property to the National Parks Service.

Department:          City Manager's OfficeContact Person:          Zach Walker


REVIEWERS:
DepartmentAction
City Managers OfficeApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:          Accepted

ATTACHMENTS:
DescriptionType
NPS Conveyance Property MapBackup Material
ResolutionResolution
Letter of Support - Square AssociationBackup Material