RUMOR: City Hall is being relocated to Town Center

​FICTION: For a time, city leaders considered constructing a new City Hall at Town Center as one of several options for replacing the aging building. However, in October of 2017, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to proceed with the design of a new three-story structure adjacent to the current City Hall, between Buildings 1 and 2 at the municipal center.  The current building is old and full of asbestos, old pipes, old HVAC and old electrical wiring all of which make a rennovation impossible while the building is occupied. ​
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In the initial phases of considering what to do about the aging City Hall, Virginia Beach floated three options: 
    1. Renovate and expand the current City Hall at the Municipal Center
    2. Replace it with a new building also at the Municipal Center or 
    3. Relocate it to Town Center off Interstate 264

City Hall is a near-50-year-old structure that has served the city well but, in its current state, is functionally obsolete.  Built in 1969, the building requires major renovations that are complicated by the presence of friable asbestos and the way the electrical and mechanical systems were installed. ​ The electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems within the building are all original, but a typical lifespan of these systems is only 20-25 years. These systems need to be replaced, but this work cannot been done without comprehensive abatement of the asbestos containing material throughout the building. The building cannot be occupied during the abatement and renovation process due to the risk of exposure to staff and visitors.

More space is also needed. Originally built to accommodate services for a city of about 300,000 residents, even with modern conveniences of online bill pay and employee teleworking, the City needs about 70,000 more square feet to accommodate employees and services for the public.

To learn more details about the City Hall Replacement Project, visit VBgov.com/CityHall2020​

City Hall 2020: The Current Building

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