By Robert Haugh
At the Tuesday City Council meeting, City Staff was directed to present cost estimates for a study of the financial implications of moving City Hall Downtown.
The vote was 5-0. Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Vice Mayor Suds Jain abstained because they have financial conflicts of interest.
An item will be placed on a future City Council agenda with a budget action to fund the contract amendment with WRT for up to approximately $334,000. WRT is a urban planning consultant who has worked on the planning for future downtown development.
Here’s the potential study scope:
- Land Use Layout Options
- City Hall floorplans, and floor plates are specific to that type of use (council chambers, permit center, etc.)
- Economic Analysis, which should include:
- Look at existing City Hall property and land value, as well as, the land value of the property downtown. What would be more beneficial to the city cost wise?
- Analyze other uses on the existing City Hall site.
- How to pay for the move? (bond, sell existing city hall property?)
- Possibility of a public/private partnership (selling city owned land)
- Consider prevailing wage and construction costs in the analysis
- Review the example sites mentioned by the DCTF, how did they move their city halls, how does Santa Clara compare to them, and what constraints Santa Clara may have that these cities in other states may not have had.