WENATCHEE – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) opened its new North Central Region headquarters this morning at Olds Station.
“There was a different time five or six years ago in the city when we were really struggling financially and looking at the WSDOT property on North Wenatchee Avenue and trying to figure out, maybe a higher and better use than a whole bunch of asphalt and couple of really old buildings,” said Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. “Again, working with the governor’s office and our local legislative delegation…there’s only two buildings that got built out of all that money and this is one of them.”
The ribbon cutting marked the final stage in the move of WSDOT facilities off Wenatchee Avenue, allowing the site to ultimately be redeveloped and returned to the city tax roll.
“We’re really excited to see the new building and what if offers to the employees…just making sure that Wenatchee’s a headquarter for district offices going forward,” said Kuntz. “I know there was a time a number of years ago where there was some talk of…consolidating these kinds of offices and to make sure that’s not going to happen with this investment…and making sure that North Wenatchee Avenue can be redeveloped into something of higher and better use and get it back on the tax roll.”
Construction on the $8.7 million, 30,000 square foot, two-story building for 130 employees began last April. The project was completed on time and on budget.