Pullman’s new city hall project will proceed despite a recommendation from the city’s planning commission. The commission recommended that city council reject a rezone request from the city for the project. Voters approved a 10.5 million dollar bond in February with most of the funding earmarked for the work. Plans call for turning the old Encounter Ministries campus on Pioneer Hill into a new city hall.
The property on Crestview Street needed to be rezoned to allow for the project to proceed. The city’s planning commission recommended that the rezone be rejected over concerns regarding pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Crestview. City council went against that recommendation during its meeting Tuesday night citing legal issues with the commission’s ruling. Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson explained the vote during the Wednesday Morning News. You can listen to that interview by clicking on the audio file below.