PROVO (News4Utah) – The Provo City Council votes Tuesday tonight on whether to acquire a $350,000 purchase option for the old Sears location in the Provo Towne Center Mall.
City officials say the current building is deteriorating and is no longer a safe work environment. The building, constructed in the 70s, is no longer up to current seismic code and in the event of an earthquake, officials say the building will probably crumble. Heating and cooling costs are also rising as the building ages, and the staff numbers have more than doubled in the cramped space since the building’s construction.
If the council were to choose the mall location, city officials estimate the cost would be $40 million. Rebuilding on the current location would cost $45-60 million.
Officials say they hope to be able to move forward in enough time to submit it for the November ballot so that Provo residents can make the final decision.