An Arizona City Starting Work on its First City Hall Since 1980s

Posted By Mike Padgett

May 1, 2009

CHANDLER, Ariz. – One of the few cities in Arizona working without a city hall is about to change that situation. On May 8, officials from Chandler will break ground for its future. Joining them will be executives from the Phoenix office of SmithGroup, which designed the city’s new city hall, and Sundt Construction, the contractor.

The 131,000-square-foot, $47 million project is at Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street in downtown Chandler, a southeast suburb of Phoenix. Chandler’s population is more than 240,000. Completion of the new city hall is scheduled for late 2010.

The new city hall will allow the consolidation of city services that in 1988 were relocated from an outdated city hall into the Rocky Mountain Financial Center. A decade later, the city partnered with the private sector to bring another office building to the downtown area. That building, the Chandler Office Center, became the new home for city offices. That lease expires in December 2010.

In the future City Hall, services used most by the public – the City Clerk, Neighborhood Resources, Community Services and Utilities – will be on the first floor of the new development. Parking for these offices will be nearby.

An art gallery that will function as a community room will occupy 4,000 square feet on the ground floor. A covered terrace and other shaded areas will offer space for small social groups, large gatherings, a farmers’ market and other public events.

The plaza will be clad in glass, allowing it to glow at night. The concept and location promote pedestrian connection to AJ Chandler Park to the north, the civic campus to the east nd a future mixed-use development to the west.

The costs of the new city hall, and the land needed for it, will be paid by funds the city has been setting aside for several years.

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May 1st, 2009

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