By next Christmas, Leander residents might have a newly renovated city hall.
During last week’s Leander City Council meeting, residents were able to check out new designs for both Pat Bryson Municipal Hall and its attached fire station.
The expansion of Pat Bryson is dependent on the completion of Leander’s fourth fire station. The station, located at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Crystal Falls Parkway, is under construction at the time. The staff from Fire Station No. 1 will be relocating to Fire Station No. 4 when the new station is completed this summer. Then, Fire Station No. 1 will be renovated so city hall is able to expand. The expanded space will accommodate the economic development, building inspection, engineering, municipal court and planning departments and divisions.
Leander Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis said the city allocated $2.2 million for the project through certificates of obligation, and that the estimated construction cost for city hall is $1.9 million, not including items such as furniture, communications or IT. City staff said the project remains on budget.
At the July Leander City Council retreat, council members requested some modifications to the proposed exterior elevation and the main entrance to the city council chambers. The council reviewed these revised designs so they could assist the architects on finalization of the plans. Staff is seeking final direction on the building elevation in order to complete the final construction
“Every addition adds cost, so we’ve been trying to be mindful of making it look nice, but staying within the budget,” Yantis said.