Douglas County commissioners are expected to vote on the former First Lutheran Church property at their upcoming meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Commissioners purchased the property in June. They will be voting on whether to remodel the current facility or tear it down and rebuild.
The property is located at 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria.
According to Julie Anderson, Douglas County Public Information Officer, part of the consideration will be low interest rates. In early November, the county refinanced two bonds. The true interest costs on the two bonds were between 1.7% and 1.9%.
Anderson said using information from experts and input from the community, the board will make their decision and then develop a timeline. When the county purchased the property, it was issued a conditional use permit from the City of Alexandria. The permit only allows the space to be used for government services or as a place to worship, said Anderson.
The county had made inquiries to faith-based organizations in the area to see if there was any interest in renting the space, but to date, none have expressed any interest, said Anderson.
Anderson also noted that the recent dissolution of Lakes Area Recreation will make an impact on the decision-making process. Lakes Area Recreation was housed in the lower level of the Douglas County Services Center building. It has been using 21,456 feet of spaces for offices, open gym opportunities and its indoor playground, Shenanigan’s. Alexandria Public Schools has taken over Lakes Area Recreation.
“Commissioners continue to research and determine the best future use of a new or remodeled building on Douglas Street,” said Anderson.
The Dec. 3 commissioner’s meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse. The boardroom is located on the second level.