The City of Union Gap's mold problem is turning into a very costly fix, causing the council to dig $32,000 deeper. It also has the city scrambling to find suitable offices for their employees and agencies.

The total cost for prepping the District 11 fire building for court use is now up to $57,000. Originally, the space was only supposed to be used for two to six months. Now, our news partner KIMA Action News learned it could be more long term.

The city council considered renting an existing courthouse from the county at roughly $2,000 a month, plus court clerks, bringing the total to $3,000. The council says the District 11 facility proved to be the best choice in the end based on both money and location.

The construction begins May 7, and court is scheduled to be back up and running by May 14.

The money used for the project is coming from reserve funds.