Pullman got 165 acres larger Tuesday night.

The Pullman City Council approved the annexation of 165 acres of land and the city is one step closer to completing its $1.4 millon Lawson Gardens event center at Tuesday’s meeting.

The new land annexed by the city belonged to Donald and Shirley Quist, west of the intersection of Crestview Street and Sunnyside Drive. It borders city limits on its north side and is considered part of the city’s urban growth area in the 1999 Pullman Comprehensive Plan.

The annexed land is zoned for R1 single family residential and will likely serve as the next chunk of the Sunnyside Hill neighborhood.

On Tuesday, the city council also authorized the execution of an agreement with Design West Architects to design the Lawson Gardens event center called the Garden House.

The Garden House is a project funded by a $2.4 million parks and paths bond passed by voters in February 2018. The total estimate for the project is $1.4 million and the architectural services will cost $108,600.

The Garden House is intended to be a meeting and event space that can hold as much as 120 people.

It is being marketed as a destination for weddings, anniversaries, business retreats and holiday parties.

It is set to include an event room, meeting rooms, an outdoor plaza, and restrooms with access from the interior and exterior.

The initial plan did not include cooking or warming equipment, and Councilor Pat Wright said this will be a detriment to catering services. She asked that Design West look into altering its design to include these amenities.

“I wish we had the foresight to ask for a working kitchen,” she said.

The design of the building is estimated to be completed Oct. 31, and construction is scheduled to be finished in 2020.

The council approved a similar agreement with another architectural company to begin the process of replacing the 27-year-old roof at Neill Public Library.

The city authorized an agreement with Palouse Design Associates to start architectural services for $28,000.

The roof is considered to be at the end of its useful life and has sprung multiple leaks during recent winters.

Anthony Kuipers can be reached at (208) 883-4640, or by email to akuipers@dnews.com.

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