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On July 16, 2019, Murray City elected officials reviewed a site plan and concept drawings for a new city hall building during a Committee of the Whole meeting.
There have been three city halls in Murray’s history. The first city hall was constructed at 4900 S. State Street in 1908, at the cost of $18,180, including the land. The city operated out of this building for 50 years. In 1958, city offices relocated to 5461 S. State Street, to a building that had previously housed the Soter Furniture store. In 1980 city officials determined that they had outgrown the city hall building and purchased Arlington Elementary School at 5025 S. State Street. This school was constructed in 1937, and with some remodeling to accommodate city functions, the new city hall began operating at this site in 1982. City hall is still housed in this building, 37 years later.
The City has been discussing the need for a new building for many years. The new city hall building is proposed to be located on the land between 4800 South and 5th Avenue and Box Elder and Poplar Streets. The city is in the midst of a roadway project to extend Hanauer Street south of 4800 South such that it will become the eastern boundary of the city hall site. The new, approximately 85,000 square foot building is sited to provide frontage along 4800 South, Hanauer Street, and 5th Avenue. Its two main entries face north and south and meet in a public lobby. A large public plaza is designed along 5th Avenue and Hanauer Street. The city’s master plan envisions 5th Avenue as a festival street, and the presence of this plaza strengthens and gives form to that idea. The plaza will provide a place for active and passive uses by Murray residents such as evening concerts, art festivals, food truck gatherings, holiday events, and a series of programs that connect children to literacy, arts, and culture.
Regarding the need for a new city hall building, Mayor Blair Camp stated, “The new, modern city hall will better serve our citizens by housing more city services in one location and will help revive this underutilized area in the heart of our downtown.”
The vision for the Murray Civic Center is to become the emotional heart of Murray City. This will be accomplished by providing a Civic Center that is unique to Murray City and more than just a building. The exterior spaces and the building will work together to accomplish this goal. The Project will celebrate Murray’s independent spirit by providing a unique design that creates a destination and reinforces the strong identity of Murray. The Civic Center will be inclusive and welcoming to the community and celebrate the accessibility and transparency of the Murray City government. It will be responsibly designed with functionality and sustainability at the forefront. The project will also be a catalyst for economic development in the surrounding area and help Murray City realize its City Center District Master Plan.
The city is working with GSBS Architects and Layton Construction Company on this project. The site plan and concept drawings for the new Murray City Hall are attached.