The City of Coral Springs held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Municipal Building.
Members of the community got together to enjoy the event that featured music, food and the chance to meet with the mayor, commissioners and city leaders. Previous mayors were recognized and the mayor and commissioners spoke. Then Coral Springs leaders each took a shovel and broke ground for the new project.
Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell said, “I am ecstatic that this is finally happening and that we will have a new city hall. We fully expect the construction of this municipal complex to be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the downtown area.”
Commissioner Lou Cimaglia said, “I am on cloud nine. I have worked to see this for the last two years. We need a new city hall.
Commissioner Larry Vignola said he was glad that a new city hall would soon be built and that it will lead to more development in the downtown section.
The new municipal building project will cost about $38 million to build. This includes the entire development including site improvements and the garage. Kaufman Lynn Construction is the contractor. The construction award is the largest ever awarded by Coral Springs and came after a two-step procurement process. This involved the pre-qualification of firms with portfolios and book of business included projects of similar size.
Construction will begin in June and will be complete in September 2017. The building will include 74,000 square feet and be five stories tall. It will house administrative offices for multiple city departments and the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Commission chambers will be on the first floor and will have 125 seats for people with business before the commission. Next to the municipal complex will be a three story parking lot with 607 spaces.
This will a centerpiece for the downtown section of the city. The current plan calls for multiple family development, retail and entertainment venues and restaurants. There will be more daytime activity in the area. The new building will mean that municipal services can be delivered more efficiently.
The current Coral Springs municipal building was never really intended to be a city hall. It was built as a real estate office. The current building is considered obsolete. It is out of code and only has 42,000 square feet, according to Jennifer Bramley, deputy city manager.