MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) — The City of Montrose is intent on purchasing the 32,000 square-foot Main Street building that formerly housed Wells Fargo Bank for $1.5 million. The building, located at 400 East Main Street, would house operational offices of City Hall.

According to a press release on the matter, the purpose of wanting to move city administrative operations to Main Street is to allow “the public to have better access to customer service representatives in division such as Planning, Building, Finance, Utility Billing, City Clerk and City Manager.”

The estimated timeline for city operations to move to the new location is the beginning of 2023. Before that the building will need “some minor asbestos abatement and roof repairs along with other improvements related to security, ADA accessibility, and public space alterations prior to occupying the space with city staff,” according to Montrose Public Works Manager Jim Scheid.

The purchase would also include a parking lot located on South Second Street, that would provide more public parking in the downtown area near the Public Safety Complex and the campus of Colorado Mesa University.