The city of Dublin is continuing to lay the groundwork necessary for the future relocation of offices and departments housed in city hall.

Dublin City Council on Jan. 22 approved the $4 million purchase of 5555 Perimeter Drive, a property previously occupied by Delta Energy.

Next, the city's facilities management team is moving forward with a master planning exercise, said Donna Goss, Dublin's development director.

The work will be a step forward in the city's plan for a municipal complex around Coffman Park, which Goss said would mean improved efficiency with the police department, City Hall and other city functions located more closely together.

City Hall workers, including those in the city manager's office, department of finance, legislative services and City Council, would move to 5555 Perimeter Drive.

The current City Hall building at 5200 Emerald Parkway would be used by recreation staff members who currently operate from offices in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The goal would be to provide more programming space in the rec center and potentially recreational programming in the 5200 Emerald Parkway building.

As demand grows for recreation programming in the community, "the prospect of expanding offerings within the Dublin Community Recreation Center would be beneficial for the entire community," said Matt Earman, Dublin's director of recreation services.

City leaders anticipate selling a city building at 5800 Shier Rings Road, with proceeds from the sale contributing to the purchase of the property at 5555 Perimeter Drive.

The Shier Rings Road building was recently appraised for $2.7 million, and houses the development department and information technology department, Goss said.

"As part of the facility master planning process, the city will be reviewing functions and space needs for several divisions and departments to determine the best location from which we may achieve the highest level of efficiency in service to the community," she said.

The Perimeter Drive building has about 20,000 square feet of floor space, Goss said.

Half of the building is currently occupied by information technology firm Leading EDJE, and its lease agreement runs through December 2020, Goss said.

"The city has no plans to terminate the agreement at this juncture and will continue to work with the tenant as the planning and design process takes place," she said.

Dublin City Hall, at 5200 Emerald Parkway, has approximately 22,800 square feet of floor space. The annex adjacent to city hall has approximately 3,000 square feet.

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