Now that Dublin City Council has given its blessing, city officials can move ahead with the purchase of property for the eventual relocation of City Hall.
The city plans to purchase a building at 5555 Perimeter Drive that previously was occupied by Delta Energy, a company that manages services for major energy users.
Members of Dublin City Council on Dec. 4 unanimously approved a term sheet for the property purchase.
The city is moving forward on a plan dating to 1997 that envisioned the design of a municipal complex around Coffman Park, said Donna Goss, development director.
The city would have improved efficiency and be able to better serve the community with its police department, City Hall and other city functions located more closely near one another, she said.
The new location for City Hall's location near the police department also would have safety and emergency preparedness benefits.
Dublin plans to spend $4 million to purchase the Perimeter Drive building, which has about 20,000 square feet of floor space, Goss 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.
Goss said she is not sure of the city's timeline for moving into the new building.
"We still have quite a bit of planning to do," she said.
The city will assume a lease agreement with the Perimeter Drive building's current tenant, information technology firm Leading EDJE, has now.
Leading EDJE is renting part of the first and second floors, Goss said. Eventually, the tenant would vacate the space, ideally moving to another Dublin location, she said.
A Nov. 27 memo from City Manager Dana McDaniel to Dublin City Council members details additional plans for consolidating city operations from other buildings into one.
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 City Hall building 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.
City leaders anticipate selling a city building at 5800 Shier Rings Road, with the proceeds from the sale contributing to the purchase of the property at 5555 Perimeter Drive, according to the memo.
That building houses the city's department of development, which also would move to the Perimeter Drive location. Mayor Greg Peterson said the city's purchase of the Perimeter Drive building allows it to avoid substantial maintenance costs at 5800 Shier Rings Road.
That, along with the building's centralized location, makes the purchase a perfect opportunity for the city, he said.
Along with saving money on repair costs at 5800 Shier Rings, the consolidation of employees as a result of the Perimeter Drive building purchase will provide for improved efficiencies, said Christina Alutto, a Dublin councilwoman.
Relocation of rec center employee offices to the current City Hall building could also possibly free up space in the rec center for programming focusing on senior services, Alutto said.
The Perimeter Drive building was a sort of island among other city-owned property, and its purchase is a key puzzle piece in a long-envisioned civic corridor, Alutto said.
"I think it's a really exciting opportunity," she said.