College Station breaking ground on new City Hall Thursday
College Station's new city hall will soon be under construction.
Thursday at 3 p.m., a public groundbreaking is happening for the new $39.3 million building.
The groundbreaking was pushed back several months after some changes to the design. The 79,000 square foot building is being built on property very close to the existing city hall along the 1100 block of Texas Avenue.
The three-story building has architecture that will be similar to a train depot. It will be a reminder of College Station's history as a railroad town.
Dozens of city departments will eventually be under one roof once the project is completed.
We asked College Station City Manager Bryan Woods how residents will benefit from the building.
“Well, I think it’s really going to be a symbol of the community. Not just because it’s going to be an incredible building but because you are going to see a ton of public space," said Woods. "It’ll provide for a lot more interaction between staff and the public and provide opportunities for everybody in the community to have somewhere to gather and hopefully share the exchange of ideas.”
“It lifts the spirits of the folks here because it says College Station believes in you and is willing to invest in you doing a better job here for our citizens,” said Mayor Karl Mooney of College Station. “And our citizens as well know that we want to make sure that services come to you in an efficient way and a cost-effective way. It will be a great place to celebrate as well.”
Construction is expected to be finished in 2022. We are told the architect with Kirksey Architecture is originally from B/CS as well.
The city tells us that $12.1 million of the project will be paid for by existing resources. $17 million will be funded from existing debt capacity.
$10.2 million of the project is being paid from revenues from the previous tax rate increase.
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