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Update for December 11, 2020:
Work continues at the site with crews forming and tying rebar for foundation walls and stairwells. The site photos below were taken this week.
Update for November 12th, 2020:
You may have noticed that site work has commenced for the new Murray City Hall. The extension of Hanauer Street is progressing quickly, and the building footings and foundations are currently being constructed. Expected construction time for the new building is 24 months.
As the City announced previously, it will proceed with issuing a bond to pay for the new building. We anticipate the bond will be sold in Nov. 2020.
The site photos below were taken during the week of Nov. 2, 2020.
The vision for the new Murray City Hall is to become the emotional heart of Murray City. This will be accomplished by providing a place 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 Project 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 of every decision. The project will also be a catalyst for economic development in the surrounding area and help Murray City realize its Central District Master Plan.
There have been many questions asked about the new Murray City Hall. To answer those questions and share more information about the new building, we’ve compiled some answers that may be helpful. We will continue to add additional information here as we move forward with this project. You are welcome to email questions about the new city hall to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you can read more about the new city hall in the Mayor’s message in the December edition of the Murray Journal.
A: The idea of building a new city hall has been discussed by city leaders for decades. The existing
city hall building is 80 years old. City offices have been located in the current building, which was previously the Arlington School, for 28 years. There are several reasons a new city hall is necessary:
A: The new building will be constructed two blocks west of State Street between 4800 South and Vine Street. Concept drawings and a site plan are attached at the end of this document. If you would like to view the site plan now, you may open the Murray City Hall Site Plan (PDF).
A: The new city hall project will be a catalyst for economic development in an underutilized and unsightly area of the city.
A: A new city hall brings many benefits, including:
A: The building has a budget of $28 million. Excluding the cost of land, the budget for the entire project is $34 million. This includes architectural services, construction costs, and other associated fees. The city owns the property where the new city hall will be located.
A: The city will issue a bond, or borrow funds, for the project. The debt payments for the bond will be paid using existing revenues from property tax, sales tax, franchise fees, and other city revenue sources. Bond payments will not exceed 5.5% interest nor exceed 31 years. The city could consider to pay of the bonds early or refinance.
A: Through a competitive bid process, the city selected GSBS Architects to design the building. Layton Construction was selected as the general contractor.
A: The city hall project is planned to start construction in the first half of 2020. Construction is expected to take 24 months.
A: The city is planning to sell the current city hall property.
Download the New Murray City Hall FAQ's (PDF) and the Murray City Hall Site Plan (PDF)