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Historic building bagged for new Town Hall

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In closed session during their July 8 meeting, Loomis Town Council directed staff to proceed with the purchase and sales agreement of the former South Placer Municipal Utility District building on Taylor Road, said Perry Beck, Loomis town manager. “This purchase would put us in the downtown area and shows a commitment by the town to participate in the revitalization of the downtown area,” he said. According to Beck, the agreed-upon purchase price is $500,000 for the 3,063 square-foot, two-story building with a lot size of 5,825 square feet. Six parking places behind the building are also included. The appraisal report states the original structure was built in 1915, with an addition made in 1984. Beck said the building is about the same size as their existing space, but that in the future council meetings will be held in the renovated train depot, eliminating the need for a town hall meeting room. Beck said that Town Attorney Dave Larson is drawing up the Purchase and Sales Agreement, which will be voted on by both the council and SPMUD board at public meetings. The purchase agreement, once approved, then becomes the escrow instructions, Beck explained. Town staff is currently conducting due diligence on the building to ensure there are no problems, Beck said. He also said that he expects the entire process to take at least three months and that staff would not relocate until after Jan. 1, if all goes as planned. Beck said the town currently pays $4,500 per month in rent and that their current lease is up. “That money will be better spent on purchasing our own building,” he said. Beck said he “is shooting for” the Aug. 12 council meeting for a council vote on the purchase agreement. The building is located at 3671 Taylor Road, next to the post office. By Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer