EDMOND — A last-minute delay Monday forced city council members to table action on leasing downtown office space for at least 50 city employees who must move out of the administration building, which will be torn down to make way for the public safety center.
Council members will consider at a later meeting renting 13,000 to 14,000 square feet of office space at 7 N Broadway for $11,800 a month. The cost for this fiscal year would be $106,200.
The delay stemmed from ongoing discussions about options on the improvements that need to be made, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said.
City leaders were trying to move as quickly as possible because public safety center architects want to demolish the administration building at 100 E First St. as soon as possible.
They are considering leasing property north of Simply Southwest and owned by Spearman Investments Inc.
Utility customer service and the finance department, which includes purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources, will move from the administration building.
The information technology group could move to the leased space if city officials are unsuccessful in obtaining another location.
Council members authorized the staff to continue negotiations to purchase property, generally located in the area of Danforth and Broadway.