It’s official. Shovels were in the dirt. Groundbreaking is in the books.
The City of North Bend will soon begin construction on a new city hall, something that has been planned for about 25 years.
City officials and administrators were on hand Wednesday morning, May 16th, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new building that will be constructed adjacent the city’s Public Works shop, located at 1155 East North Bend Way, North Bend.
According to a press release, planning for a new City Hall has been in the works for over 25 years as North Bend explored various options for replacing the aging, existing building on Main Street – one that is about 70-years old and suffers from deteriorating conditions, inefficiencies and safety issues.
The city says the new structure will “offer a more customer-service oriented environment with adequate parking, technology-driven meeting facilities, up-to-date security and safety features, and one-stop services for bill paying, applying for permits, or other city business.”
North Bend’s new City Hall is estimated to cost $6.5 million. The contract was awarded to SkyWard Construction, Inc. and will be paid for by a variety of sources, including Real Estate Excise Tax and city savings. The city said no new taxes or public vote was required for the project.
Construction is expected to begin in June, weather permitting.
“We are happy to be breaking ground on this long-awaited project,” said Mayor Ken Hearing. “Our goal is to have a new City Hall capable of meeting current and future space needs and to bring all of our staff together to make it easier for residents to conduct city business and attend City Council meetings.”