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What’s next for the former Yelm City Hall? It could soon serve children and veterans

Former Yelm City Hall possible new home for veterans center, Boys & Girls Clubs

Yelm’s former City Hall may be the new home to both a Boys & Girls Clubs branch and a veterans center after the City Council approved a resolution March 27 authorizing the plan.
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Yelm’s former City Hall may be the new home to both a Boys & Girls Clubs branch and a veterans center after the City Council approved a resolution March 27 authorizing the plan.

Yelm’s former City Hall could soon house a new Boys & Girls Clubs branch and a resource center for veterans.

The Yelm City Council last week approved a plan to lease the building at 105 W. Yelm Ave. for these uses. The city would maintain the exterior of the building but the tenants would be responsible for any changes inside.

What if any rent they would pay has not been decided, said City Administrator Michael Grayum.

“The whole premise was to create a start-up opportunity for these organizations with as few barriers as possible,” he said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs branch would be a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and Yelm Community Schools. Shellica Trevino, director of operations for the nonprofit, said once its board has an agreement with the city, it will get started on fund-raising, hiring staff and any facility improvements ahead of the opening.

The veterans center would be run as a partnership among various local veterans service organizations, according to the city.

City offices moved in January into the former FairPoint Communications building at 106 Second St. SE near the city’s police department, court and community center.

The city bought the building and a undeveloped lot next to it for $925,000 last year.

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