A new City Hall will be under construction soon! The City purchased the property located at 10451 Gulf Boulevard to serve as the new City Center and construction plans are being finalized for the renovation. The goal is to have a grand opening towards the end of 2021. The facilitiy will house the City Commission chambers, City Hall departments, Public Works Administration and include rentable spaces for the community. The facility will serve as a central hub of the City by providing public space that is assessable, functional and to serve a source of pride.
In addition to creating an efficient work environment, the goal of the proposed renovation is to create a space that is frequented by the community. This design incorporates a new entrance from TI Park that highlights the City’s seal with a promenade space and a wide staircase with a landing for event use. Upon entering through the new entrance onto the second floor, there will be clear wayfinding to escort visitors into the new customer service lobby. Here folks can use a public computer or sit in a comfortable chair and access free wi-fi. Customer service representatives will be available to answer questions or to call upon another staff members to assist.
Beyond the lobby is the Commission Chamber that overlooks the beach and the Community Development Department is to the other site of the lobby. The next floor up is the staff working floor, with a primarily open floorplan, designed to keep staff located in close proximity for efficiency and collaboration. The workspaces have been designed with flexibility, keeping in mind the potential needs of the future workforce.
The fifth floor is designed to serve as the community’s space and boasts a beautiful view of the Gulf, the downtown corridor and Treasure Island Park. Here, multiple sized rooms are available allowing for simultaneous classes or meeting spaces for community groups and activities. These multi-use spaces will allow for a significant expansion upon the programs available to our residents and adequately aligns our recreational capacity with our neighboring municipalities. This floor is also home to one larger premiere event space with a catering kitchen, making it an attractive venue for a variety of functions. Designed to promote community, the fifth floor further engages residents with the new City Center.