Municipal Community Complex
In 2019, voters passed a $50 million bond proposition to serve as a major source of funding for a new Municipal Community Complex.
The current municipal complex is a converted bank building constructed in the 1950s and a Development Services building from the 1960s. The buildings are not large enough to house a growing city and city staff, the city leases additional space around the city. In all, city administrative and parks employees are in nine buildings and at a cost of $650,000 in annual rent.
The new building would be designed to accommodate the city’s growth for the next generation at a location that would serve as a central gathering space and catalyst for development.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated December 8, 2020
Where with the Municipal Community Complex be located?
The Municipal Community Complex will it be generally north of East Virginia Street, south of Lamar Street, west of Throckmorton Street and east of the railroad. Public input will be sought during the design process to determine the position of City Hall, the layout of streets, and the possible inclusion of park and plaza spaces.
How much does the city spend in rent each year?
The city currently spends $650,000 each year to rent facilities for the delivery of municipal services.
Will $50 million passed in the 2019 bond election cover the cost of a new Municipal Community Complex?
$50 million will serve as a major source of funding, but it will not cover the entire cost. The city will look at all funding options, including public-private partnership opportunities, to finance the project.
What will happen to the old City Hall and city facilities?
City Council will determine what to do with the old facilities. Options include selling the land and allowing for new redevelopment, to razing the buildings and creating public open space. Any proceeds from a sale could offset some of the costs associated with a new Municipal Community Complex.
What’s the projected timeline for this project?
The design process will be ongoing though 2021.
Who is the architect for this project?
Lake | Flato + Parkhill is a professional services joint venture between Lake | Flato Architects and Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Inc. formed to provide architectural and engineering services for this project and is based in Frisco. Lake | Flato Architects is an award-winning San Antonio-based architectural firm that has a multi-faceted portfolio including civic, cultural, educational, residential and hospitality projects. Parkhill Smith & Cooper, Inc. is a long-standing multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico that provides professional services including architectural, engineering and planning in a wide variety of project types.