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Public Invited to Discuss New Potential City Hall Site

To discuss a new development in the controversial plan to relocate city hall and allow construction of a three-story medical building in its place, the City of Citrus Heights will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to gather community input and provide more information about a newly offered alternative site for the hall.

New potential site for Citrus Heights City Hall
An aerial map released by the City, showing the proposed new location for city hall in proximity to existing City buildings.

“While some public comments have been favorable as to the potential new City Hall site on Antelope Road, others have expressed a strong desire to keep City Hall near the other city facilities, such as the Community Center and Police Department,” the City said in an informational flier, announcing that Capital Partners Development Co. had recently made a 10-acre parcel off Fountain Square Drive available to the City.

As the new offer would keep city hall within a block of its current location, it is expected to alleviate some concerns raised by residents about the previously proposed Antelope Road location conflicting with Goal 21 of the General Plan, which says the City is to “Concentrate government uses at a civic center complex that provides residents and businesses easy and efficient access to a range of government services.”

The new location is still drawing criticism from residents however, with the grassroots group “Save City Hall” promising to show up in force tonight.

“There appears to be another huge push to sell the Citrus Heights city hall property,” said Tim Schaefer of Save City Hall in a press release sent out this morning. “What’s the rush?”

The group previously submitted over 1300 signatures from residents opposed to moving the hall, and is not backing away from its previous threat of an environmental lawsuit if requirements from the California Environmental Quality Act are not met.

City officials have called the potential for a new hall a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for Citrus Heights to get an $18.9 million new hall for an estimated net cost of about $5 million, according to numbers released by the City. The discounted cost would come primarily from income brought in by a proposed $6.9 million lease to Dignity Health for constructing the medical building, as well as from projected energy and repair savings coming from a more efficient new city hall building, according to City Manager Henry Tingle.

City staff say they plan to bring the new site offer before the city council next week, after gathering community input at tonight’s meeting,

View the flier: http://www.citrusheights.net/docs/chmob_flyer_9-4-14_print.pdf

If you plan to go:

City Hall Public Information Meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Drive,
Citrus Heights, CA

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