A New City Hall

New City Hall Design

At the beginning of March 2014, the Cottonwood Heights City Council announced plans to build Cottonwood Heights' first city hall at the northwest corner of 2300 East and Bengal Blvd directly across from Brighton High School.

To keep everyone informed, this page has been created to specify construction plans, provide important building progress updates, and to allow for feedback from citizens as the construction process moves forward.

Why Build a New City Hall?

Since our founding in 2005, Cottonwood Heights’ has rented space to house the functions typically found at a city hall.  At present, Cottonwood Heights may be the only city of its size in Utah that does not have its own city hall.  Due in part to softer demand for rented office space created by recessionary pressures of the past few years, renting has been a viable option up to this point. As stewards of the public trust, we have always looked for ways to construct a distinct identity for our community - which is most easily expressed through the construction of our own home. Renting office space does not accomplish this, and limits our ability to fully accommodate public access and city operations. 

Even more crucial is the need for a new center that will become a gathering place; a building that will be open for public use and other community events that will better facilitate citizen involvement with municipal government.  The central location of the site will make city hall even more visible and accessible to citizens. 

A city hall is more than just a few offices. It’s a home; your home, and just as you find value in owning your own home from a use and cost perspective, so we expect that the construction of our new city hall will not only create a sense of identity, but will provide a home for city operations for the next 50 years or more and create value for decades to come. 

We Want to Hear From You

Please visit here often and feel free to get involved in the process of building your new home. You are welcome to submit comments or questions by emailing cityhall@ch.utah.gov. We are always appreciative of well-reasoned responses and suggestions.

TIMELINE

February 18, 2014

During a City Council meeting on February 18, 2014, the council made initial plans to construct Cottonwood Heights' first city hall building after renting office space for ten years. In the city’s newsletter published at the beginning of March, the council announced (read the full announcement here) a public open house scheduled for March 19 with information regarding the site location, layout, possible building looks, transportation in the area and financing.

March 19, 2014

A public open house was held to hear comments from citizens and business owners regarding the proposed municipal center. The city council and staff heard many insightful comments from the residents who attended the open house, expressing what they'd like to see in the new municipal center as well as suggestions for a more successful project.

April 8, 2014

At city council meeting on Tuesday, April 8, the Cottonwood Heights City Council approved two resolutions relating to the city hall project: the assumption of eight real estate purchase contracts for 4.7 acres of land at 2300 East and Bengal Boulevard, and the authorization of the issuance and sale of sales tax revenue bonds to finance the land acquisition and construction of the municipal center. The text of both resolutions is below.

A public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds was scheduled for May 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the city offices. 

April 18, 2014

A Request for Proposals for Construction Manager-at-Risk Services and General Contractor--Preconstruction and Construction Phase Services was posted on our website. You can view the RFP here.

May 6, 2014

A public hearing regarding the issuance of bonds was held on May 6, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the city offices. 

June 12, 2014

Sales tax revenue bonds used to finance the project were marketed on June 12. This means that the bonds will be sold to buyers who will hold the bonds until they are repaid from future sales tax revenue. This type of bonding process does not impose new taxes on city residents. With help of the city’s partners Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc. – along with underwriter KeyBanc Capital Markets, the city was able to obtain financing for the building with a very low interest rate of 3.73%.

June 28, 2014

The city finalized the purchase of the eight properties, which will eventually be part of the municipal center parcel. After the existing buildings were vacated, they were inspected and tested for asbestos before demolition. The demolition on the existing buildings was slated to begin in August, but was later pushed back to November.

July 1, 2014

The sales tax revenue bonds for the project closed on July 1.

July 8, 2014

GSBS Architects was chosen to design the new building, and the process for choosing a construction manager was nearly complete. The architects spent several weeks working with the city council and staff to program the needs of each department and design a building that effectively meet those needs.

September 2-12, 2014

During various days in early September, Cottonwood Heights Police and Unified Fire Authority used some of the vacant buildings for training exercises, though none of the training included burning the buildings. 

October 14, 2014

Layton Construction was awarded the bid for construction, and their contract was approved by the City Council on Oct. 14, 2014.  The contract calls for them to be involved in the design process - to bring added value to the building.

November 3, 2014

Demolition began on the first of eight homes on the site where the new municipal center will be constructed. Every local television news outlet in the Salt Lake City market covered the event, along with The Salt Lake Tribune and our own Valley Journals. Mayor Cullimore and the councilmembers all took turns operating the huge backhoe as the first home came tumbling down. Over the next few weeks, the rest of the homes were also demolished, and the lot was fenced in to keep the site secure.

November 4, 2014

GSBS Architects submitted floor plans and conceptual renderings for council approval.

February 10, 2015

GSBS Architects submitted an outer design for the building, which was approved by the City Council in a 4-1 vote. The approved designs did not include floor plans, which are still under consideration.

August 3, 2015

The city held a groundbreaking ceremony, attended by dignitaries, civic leaders and residents. The project was slated for completion in September of 2016.
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