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SURPRISE, AZ-A recent call for bids on Surprise’s city hall resulted in four lease proposals for the 63,500-square-foot building. The city council is evaluating the bids, with a final decision on the 6.5-acre complex’s fate likely before the first of the year.

City economic development manager Jeanine Jerkovic says the recent city council meeting focused on bids received for the 24-year-old complex at 12425 W. Bell Rd., though no hard decisions were reached. The big surprise, says Jerkovic, was the proposed use request for the four-building asset.

“There seemed to be a lot of interest in setting up some kind of business incubation center,” she tells GlobeSt.com. “That wasn’t something that had come up before, and we’re taking a look at possibly doing something along those lines.”

Surprise’s city hall was introduced to the market through auction in October 2008 at a minimum bid of $8.6 million. The city was willing to entertain both sale and lease bids, but Jerkovic says no sale bids were received by the deadline of Nov. 20.

The old city hall was brought to market because a new one is currently under construction. Ground broke earlier in 2008 on a 134,000-square-foot, four-story municipal building at a cost of $48.5 million. Move-in to the new city center, at the intersection of Bell and Bullard roads, is scheduled to take place mid-summer 2009.

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