Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2016

The Fate of The City of Boca Raton’s Town Hall

By: Stephanie Fonseca

Today at the strategic city planning meeting, city council members questioned the fate of the city of Boca Raton’s Town Hall.

The city of Boca Raton is growing and in order for the city to continue to run smoothly more staff is going to have to be hired. With the necessary staff increase, Boca Raton is growing out of their current location. But size and capacity was not the only issue, the dated building with its duct taped carpet floors and 10 year old chairs, the city council fears that the space that they are in now is not reflecting the city’s image.

However, due to the known fact by city officials that the facility needs exceed the space that City Hall is in now, there might be a relocation of Boca Raton’s City Hall.

Although some city council members made it a point that a good location for the new City Hall Campus to be in the vicinity of the Spanish River Library, Mayor, Susan Haynie, along with Scott Singer had a different idea.

Mayor Haynie and Singer, proposed to keep City Hall closer to the location they are at today and closer to the downtown area.

Singer observed that the baseball fields and tennis courts by City Hall aren’t being used as much and with the acreage that they have at that location, it would be a good idea to repurpose the field locations as the new campus. At that location they would be able to incorporate more green space and getting the most use out of the location.

Mayor Haynie, added that by keeping the campus there, they would be able to incorporate the needed parking space for the new city hall, where a multipurpose parking garage would allow parking for those working in City Hall and for residents who want to enjoy the “soon to be” walkable downtown.

City Council members all agreed that the new location has to be inviting and reflect the excellence of the city with more green concepts and inviting factors. And they agreed that as they incorporate the departments into one location for City Hall, the city campus should be a least 250,000 sq. ft.

“We have an aging plant and we need to update it,” said City Council member Robert Weinroth.

Plans for a consultant to evaluate the location of City Hall and to determine the facilities needs are underway. The time frame for the consultation should be 3 to 6 months.

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  1. Peter Maestrales says:

    So Mayor Susan Haynie wants to bulldoze little league baseball fields so she can have a bigger office? You must be kidding!
    Those fields ARE played on daily. I am a Boca native and I played on those fields as a child almost 30 years ago. They have history people care about. Nobody cares about your new office.
    I’m sorry but I think this move shows a complete lack of class. What kind of Mayor bulldozes a little league field for their new office? Unbelievable!

  2. Alexandra says:

    I’d rather city hall be located in the same or similar area than on Spanish River Rd.
    I would hope that the “park”, skating park, basketball courts,tennis courts and fields would be part of the new plan. Those tennis courts do get used I live across the street and watch people on their to the court every morning on my drive to work and home. Also, they will be used more as the city grows that’s only common sense. Instead of having small grass area’s that are way too small for events(they close down fed hwy and Palmetto for) they need to make a nice outdoor park for the neighbor like the one over on 5th ave where they have a tennis court, soccor field, baseball field, walking trail etc. We need one incorporated into the new city hall as they stated there should be plenty of green space.

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