College Station making design changes to new city hall

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - College Station is making some design changes to plans for their new city hall.

The city council decided Thursday night to spend about $5 million more to add more office space to the new building. To do that they will change what was to be open space on some upper floors.

The new building should break ground early next year.

"For community services to move to city hall will be more efficient for us. We'll have all of our staff together," said Debbie Eller, Community Services Director.

"It's going to save the city a lot of money because we're leasing this space currently so that'll be money that they can put into other activities in the city," she said.

Early next year the city will break ground on the building.

"We need to make more efficient use of the space that we have. And we also because of the cost of city hall we also need to find ways to reduce our operational costs which includes rental costs," said Mayor Karl Mooney of College Station.

He said they aren't looking at moving city offices into the old police department after that agency moves to their own new building.

"We will re-purpose that and we'll send out in our RFP, request for proposals to see what we might do about either retaining ownership of that building and doing some remodeling to accommodate some new tenants or selling it. Or doing something that will generate some revenue," he said.

The new city hall is expected to take about two years to build.

"It's going to be a beautiful building for the residents of College Station with a lot of space for them to be able to use," said Eller.

The new city hall's price tag is now $38 million and is being paid for with certificates of obligation. Groundbreaking has been postponed from an original plan to start this fall.