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]