Like Rich, I don’t really have a strong opinion on Sal Panto’s proposal to move Easton City Hall to the new intermodal building, but generally speaking I think you want your highest value city land to be devoted to taxable uses as much as possible.
The land parcels around Centre Square* are some of the highest value parcels in the city. Easton’s going to collect more in property taxes with those properties on the tax rolls than if they’re owned by the city or non-profits. The Alpha building is huge and in a great location, so it looks like there’s an opportunity for the city to make some money, first from the sale of the building, and then on an ongoing basis from property taxes.
Little by little, replacing low-value uses on the highest value land with something approximating the highest and best use is a good strategy for firming up Easton’s budget and growing the downtown economy. That could mean trading up for higher-value tenants like in this case, or replacing the worst properties with better buildings (think Family Dollar building, Rock Church, the parking garage, the municipal lot across from the bus station, etc.)
*Always bothered by this spelling. This is America, dammit, not the UK! We spell it Center!