City staffers, elected officials, and Desert Hot Springs residents celebrated the groundbreaking of the long-awaited new City Hall project today.
Located at First Street and Palm Drive, the new City Hall will stand behind the existing City Hall, and is expected to open in Fall 2020.
During the ceremony, speakers stressed that the exciting project has been a long time coming.
“The City of Desert Hot Springs, almost 15 years ago, moved into some construction trailers as a temporary use for City Hall,” Mayor Scott Matas explained. “Fast forward 15 years later and we’re still in those trailers.”
Mayor Matas said that City Council and City staffers have worked hard to ensure that the project would not come at the expense of other City resources.
“Your City Council is being conservative, being responsible with its funds,” Mayor Matas said.
The project is being funded using the Desert Hot Springs Public Financing Authority Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2017A and 2018.
That means, Mayor Matas explained, “You’ll still get roads built; you’ll still get police officers on the street; you’ll still get firefighters on the street; you’ll still get the economic opportunities that you deserve as a resident of Desert Hot Springs. So we’re excited about that.”
Mayor Matas promised, “We’re going to build a City Hall you can be proud of.”
City Council Member Gary Gardner echoed his comments, saying, “The purpose of government buildings is to instill pride. It’s not just a place to work. It’s a place to be proud of. It’s a place for you to come and conduct your business and be proud of the city you live in.”
The new project “is a long time coming,” Gardner continued. “This isn’t for us on the City Council; this is for our employees, our long-suffering employees who work so hard to make this city a beautiful place to live in. This is for them, and this is for you, the residents.”
For City Council Member Russell Betts, it was a “great, great day,” emblematic of the ongoing progress and development in the City.
“Things are really clicking well in this City,” Betts praised. “I couldn’t be more proud to be up here serving you.”
Mayor Pro Tem Jan Pye added, “I want to thank all of you residents for allowing us to take the opportunity to take the time we needed to do to make your City Hall respectable. I want to thank all of the staff who have worked tirelessly … and who have stayed in buildings that you didn’t need to stay in.”
City Manager Chuck Maynard concluded the ceremony by thanking the City Council for their “support and patience in this process,” and STK Architecture and RC Construction for “good architecture” and “great bids.”
“We’re excited,” Maynard said. “We can’t wait to move in!”
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