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Westdale Mall owners propose sale to Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) Monday morning a representative for the Westdale Mall owners in Cedar Rapids presented a proposal to the Linn County Board of Supervisors offering to sell the mall for $18.5 million. The proposal is exclusive to Linn County.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors passed the two-page proposal onto a committee looking into several options for a permanent location for Linn County offices.

"Certainly we're trying to get as many offices under one roof as possible. It's very cost effective," said Linn County Supervisor Lu Barron.

Since the flooding, several county offices are in Westdale Mall including the auditor, assessor and veterans administration.

Supervisor Lu Barron said people like the idea of a one stop shop. That's why another option is teaming up with the City of Cedar Rapids to find one permanent location.

"We're in the process of doing a public opinion survey right now. Not on the specific location, on the bigger picture of what people would like to see," said Barron.

Barron said the most important option is doing what's best for the majority of residents.

"We want to do things right so I think gathering as much input as we can will bring about the best decisions," she said.

If the board goes ahead with the purchase of Westdale Mall, the entire cost won't be covered by FEMA so Barron said some kind of bonds will probably have to be sold to help with the cost.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors expects to hear back from the designated committee by the end of January. Supervisor Lu Barron said there's no timetable when a final decision will be made.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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