Deer Park’s government officials are taking a long weekend in order to move out of their existing 2-story, brick city hall building on E. San Augustine St. and into the new, 5,000-sq.-ft. bigger one (pictured at top) directly adjacent to the east. Remaining in their current building would have required repairs to address “mold and asbestos-abatement issues,” forcing them out of it for at least a year, according to City Manager James Stokes. The move to the new building is now expected to take 2 business days, after which the government will reopen on Tuesday.
This video timelapse condenses the 13-month construction process into about 90 seconds:
The building’s rounded west wing — soon to house the city council chambers — abuts the same parking lot now used by its next-door neighbor. 50 employees will be headquartered in the new facility, including those in the city secretary’s office, human resources, public works, permitting, central collections and utility billing departments — all of which will be located on the first floor. Upstairs is reserved for administration, engineering, IT, public works administration and finance.
- Deer Park City Hall offices to close for move-in to new facility [Houston Chronicle]
Photos: Shal W. (old); City of Deer Park (new). Video: City of Deer Park
The lower picture is not the old City Hall. It is a window deprived and poorly designed facility that should have never been built (1980). The new and improved City Hall is proudly welcomed. Congratulations to the hard working staff who will finally have a view of the surrounding park.