Generally speaking, cities only build a new City Hall building once every 50 to 75 years — and because it’s often considered a “statement” building about the community there’s a lot of pressure to get it right.
As we’ve started down the path of planning for a new City Hall for Kent, I can confirm that I’ve heard a lot of opinions on what “right” means for Kent’s next City Hall.
Each community has to figure out what’s right for it’s hometown City Hall, and here’s a look at the range of options that our neighboring cities have come up with:
Rather than rely solely on anecdotal comments offered in the grocery store check out line, we’re trying to be a little more systematic and we’ve hired a firm to make about 350 random phone calls to Kent residents to complete a short survey that tries to tap into what they want their next City Hall to look like, where should it be located, how big should it be, and who should be in it.
Statisticians consider 350 responses to be statistically significant but we don’t want to stop there so we’ve set up an online version of the survey to allow all Kent residents to share their thoughts.
Here’s the link to the survey: Next Kent City Hall Survey
It’s short and to the point, and it’s for a good purpose, so please share your insights and aspirations so that when we take this data back to City Council we can let them know that it represents the preferences of the majority of residents in Kent.
I’d like to take some of this preliminary data back to Council for discussion in July so don’t delay.