New City Hall Opens
The new City Hall will be open for business at 100 Civic Court, Homestead, Florida on Monday, March 7, 2016. A date for the Dedication Ceremony will be announced soon.
After years of planning and months of construction, the City of Homestead proudly announces the completion of its new home for City business. The 75-foot tall landmark building was designed almost a decade ago, by Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects, and was completed under the City’s current leadership to be a community centerpiece that aligns with the vision to revitalize Downtown Homestead.
Designed with Homestead’s growing population in mind, the new facility features a 225-seat council chamber to accommodate more residents than before during public meetings. The new City Hall also provides a better operational flow for City business, is constructed to withstand a category 5 hurricane, and will function as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during a crisis.
The 83,841 square-foot facility, constructed by Munilla Construction Management, LLC., was awarded LEED® Silver, for implementing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The following departments are relocating to the new City Hall:
- Mayor & Council
- City Clerk
- City Manager
- Customer Service
- Development Services
- Building Safety
- Business Services
- General Services
- Human Resources
- Public Information Office
NEW CITY HALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why Did We Need A New City Hall?
A: The Old City Hall Was Contaminated and the Size of the Building Was Insufficient For Current Service Levels
• Environmental Testing discovered high levels of radon, mold, and asbestos throughout the old city hall structure. Radon is a radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Test results in the building indicated that 56 of the 60 samples taken throughout City Hall were above the recommended “action level” established by the Environmental Protection Agency with the highest sampling registering at 8.9 pCi/L.
• Aside from the public health concerns, the facility was designed over 50 years ago, when Homestead’s population was around 9,000. With Homestead’s current population of 65,000, demand for services has grown significantly and the old building did not have the capacity to accommodate the number of people required to perform the current functions of the City.
• The old City Hall did not comply with Hurricane Resistant Structure Standards for Government Buildings.
Q: Why Was The City Hall Built in the Downtown?
A: Between 2003 and 2007, the then Mayor and City Council sold property that the City owned in the Park of Commerce and used the money to purchase property in the downtown for the purpose of building a new City Hall in the future. The site was chosen as part of an effort to help revitalize the downtown, which has been struggling economically for decades.
Q: Why Didn’t the City Just Rent Office Space Instead of Building a New Building?A: Renting Office Space Would Have Been Much More Expensive
The Mayor and Council approved a contract with MCM Construction?? ’s for $25,560,000 to construct the new City Hall, which has been designed to last at least 100 years and to help spark the revitalization of the downtown.
While the new City Hall was under construction, elected officials and City staff operated out of a temporary space at Portofino Plaza, where they could serve our residents in a healthy work environment. Leaving city operations at the rented space would have cost the City a total of $227 million* of rent over 100 years, the projected lifespan of the new city hall.
*With a 3% annual rent escalation.
Q: Did the City Have to Raise Taxes to Pay for the Construction of the New City Hall?
Q: Did the City stay within its budget for the construction of the building?
The Mayor and Council approved a contract with MCM Construction?? ’s for $25,56,000 to construct the new City Hall and the City has stayed within that budget.
Q: How do we stack up?
The new City Hall price tag is competitive with other city halls recently constructed by U.S. cities of similar population.