LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. – A new town square could soon be headed to Liberty Lake if voters approve the proposal on the August 2 ballot, city officials said Friday.
The City will vote on a newly proposed town square. It would be built in the empty lot near the Cork House restaurant.
They are calling it the Town Square Project. The new space will feature an aquatic center, event space, and a library. It was the result of community input about what the city needed most.
A building with these kind of amenities means someone needs to pay for it. The City is looking to cover $12 million in development costs. A property tax will also be placed on homeowners. For example, if the project is approved, homeowners will pay 50 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value in Liberty Lake. An extra $135 per year will be paid, for a home valued at $270,000, for example.
Regardless of your position, city administrator Katy Allen said they are still asking you to vote.
“In this project we tried to build something for everybody and cater to their desires,” she said. “At the end of the day, our voters will decide whether or not they support this project.”
Allen said the city does not have a downtown area and this project would provide that.
Other amenities include a community kitchen, upgraded parking, and a viewing and gathering plaza.
While many are looking forward to the completion of the project, a former city councilman said there are some who oppose the project. Some critics said the town square is basically a library with a pool attached, and what the city needs is really just the pool. Critics also said the project is just too expensive for only half of what the city needs.
Those in support of the project said there is no “heart of the city” and this project would provide that.
The project is expected to be completed by late spring 2018.