Mayor Jon Pike -  City Hall Renovations

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The Empire Strikes Back was a huge hit with me and many other moviegoers. The Miracle on Ice stirred patriotic feelings nationwide. The Pittsburgh Steelers had just won their fourth Super Bowl in six years. It was 1980, significant because that was the year the City of St. George began operating in its current City Hall building, located at 175 East 200 North.

It was, and is, a great home base for our city operations. It was built to handle the services of the approximately 12,000 residents and had room to spare for the inevitable growth of St. George. Yet who would have known that 40 years later we would have about 90,000 residents?

By any measure, we have outgrown our current building. But instead of starting over at a new location, our City Hall is staying put — and undergoing a significant expansion and facelift. It’s a daunting task, but it’s the most fiscally responsible way forward for us.

Support Services Director Marc Mortensen has worked tirelessly with JRCA architects to come up with a plan that will expand the capacity of our city campus to handle the increased needs of our citizenry.

This will be accomplished in three phases:

  • Phase 1A consists of relocating our 911 Communication Center from the Police Headquarters building to City Commons across the street. The new location provides great operating space for a team that dispatches emergency personnel countywide.
  • Phase 1B involves the expansion of the main city parking lot, done primarily with the construction of a two-level parking garage immediately west of City Hall. We are also adding spaces to the west of the Police Headquarters. All told we will have a net increase of approximately 79 parking spaces.
  • Phase 2 is the main City Hall. Our lobby area will see a vast upgrade to accommodate a new 311 Customer Service Center. It will be easier to access the department you seek as it will have a more intuitive layout. This phase also includes expanded office space and a larger and more versatile Council Chambers. The building will also be much more secure after hours.
  • Phase 3 involves expansion of the Police Headquarters, with larger work spaces for our Investigations, Patrol and Records divisions. We will build out  to the east of the building, where a small parking lot currently exists.

 

During the renovation project, City of St. George personnel who work at City Hall will be moved to one of two locations, the sites be determined shortly. I wish I could tell you right now just exactly where, but we are waiting for the agreements to become official. Our Communications and Marketing Director, David Cordero, will help spread information to you the moment it becomes available.

Our goal is for this expansion to last decades into the future, giving us the infrastructure to tackle our expanding population for years to come.

And who knows, maybe they will still be making Star Wars movies in 40 years, when I’m 94 years old! If so, I hope to be there with you watching the Jedi win once and for all!