This was posted in June of 2014. Wow the numbers have changed... now 10/5/14 the costs are $11.9M to restore the current City Hall building.
THERE IS A PROPOSAL TO MOVE CITRUS HEIGHTS CITY HALL OFF OF THE CURRENT CITY CAMPUS
According to Henry Tingle, Citrus Heights City Manager, our current city hall building has fallen into disrepair and it will cost about $6-7 million to restore the building to a usable state and meet Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) requirements. The city converted the building from Fountain Square Nursery for use as city hall and began using the building in 1998 and purchased it 2005.
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ANOTHER SMALL WIN IN OUR FIGHT TO KEEP CITY HALL AT OUR CIVIC CENTER!
Our Threat of a CEQA Lawsuit encouraged the Citrus Heights City manager and City Council to commission a full Environmental Impact Report on these two projects. As a result the City Council voted on August 14, 2014 to "take no action" pending the results of the E.I.R..
This Fight is far from over!
The next few months we will be researching alternative solutions to fund the new city hall or the renovation of the existing structures (see appraisal Pages 69 and 52) and alternative locations for the medical office buildings.
Thank you for your continued support for Save Citrus Heights City Hall. Over the next few weeks we will be collecting our Save City Hall signs so that they can be put into storage. Please contact us so that we can stop by and pick up your yard sign.
Proposed; Medical Office Building (MOB)
Fountain Square Dr. and Greenback Lane.
Image courtesy of Sacramento Bee / Dignity Health.
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Goal 21: Concentrate government uses at a civic center complex that provides residents and businesses easy and efficient access to a range of government services
Policy 21.1: Locate public and quasi-public facilities at or near the civic center. Action A. Develop and implement a Public Facilities Master plan for expanding the civic center.
Policy 21.2: Coordinate facility planning with other governmental agencies to determine feasibility of joint - use and/or adjacent facility locations.
The City is reviewing another site for City Hall, This is commonly referred to as the "Triangle" Property. This Property is next to the post office and is at the corner of Fountain Square Dr and Stock Ranch Road.
The city has been contemplating the lease of the current city hall property to a developer for a large medical office building.
The offer is $5.9M in lease payments over 15 years ($393K Annually). The deal also includes an exemption from all current and future property taxes and to further sweeten the deal, at the end of the lease the property can be purchased for $1. All this without any opportunity to entertain competitive bids from other developers. As a result the city will required to immediately vacate the current facility, relocate to temporary housing for 1 year and build a new City Hall Building. The developer will pay an additional $1M for the relocation costs. The proposed funding required to build the new building at just under $20M would come from a spend down of 80% of the city's emergency reserve fund.
In 2005 the city spent $5.25M to purchase the property and then spent another $5M in renovations. Thats a total of $10.25M of your money that has already been spent.
Meanwhile Citrus Heights streets are falling apart. The current road maintenance plan is to repave 8 streets per year. With a total of 1167 streets in Citrus Heights it will take over 145 years to complete the repaving process. The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Medical Office Building and Proposed New City Hall is complete and the 45 day public comment period started on December 12th and will conclude on January 25th. The City Council will likely vote to adopt the EIR in February to move forward with the project.
We will be circulating a petition opposing this irresponsible expenditure of public monies.
Please oppose this project and support fiscal priority for our roads by signinga new petition.
THANKS TO YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT
We were successful in pushing for a full environmental impact report. Our experts estimated that it would take 6 to 12 months to complete the required Environmental Impact Report. We are impressed that the city Planning Department and it's contractors have completed the study in record time, less than 90 days. Lets see what kind of report was done for $105,030.00.
WELCOME TO SAVE CITRUS HEIGHTS CITY HALL
Another major issue is traffic; appendix I, of this report is defines traffic wait times as "level of service" or LOS. See Fehr & Peers Traffic Appendix I page 7.
LOS is defined on a scale of A (free flow or unimpeded) , B, C, D, E, and F (traffic Jam). For this study city guidelines deem a Level "E" as an operating goal, but has designated Greenback Lane as "exempted from this requirement. See Fehr & Peers Traffic Appendix I page 8.
Lawsuit filed against Citrus Heights over MOB, new City Hall (Courtesy of Citrus Heights Sentinel, www.citrusheightssentinel.com )
A lawsuit was filed against the City of Citrus Heights last week by a group alleging “noncompliance” with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on a recently approved new city hall and three-story medical office building (MOB) project.
The lawsuit, initiated by the nonprofit group “Preserve Our Civic Center,” asks the Sacramento County Superior Court to declare the City’s approval of the new hall and MOB project to be “invalid and void,” and that the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the project “fails to satisfy the requirements of CEQA.” It also asks the court to order a “new legally adequate” EIR for the project, and require suspension of all contracts related to construction on the project until alleged violations of CEQA are addressed…
The city and it's contractors have completed the Environmental Impact Report and the public comment period has expired.
Our concerns and comments have been summerily dismissed as "no significant impact".
Furthermore the study is typically paid for by the applicants in this case Panatoni Development and Capitol Partners were relieved of that responsiblity. Instead YOU paid for a study that is to thier benefit.
$105,030 public dollars paid for the benefit of private for profit campanies.
Please come to the City Council Meeting at 7PM March 26th in the City Coucil Chambers tell the city council to reject this project and keep city hall where it is and to fix our roads.