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Santa Monica Begins Work on New City Hall Annex


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By Lookout Staff

December 19, 2017 -- Visitors may want to wear earplugs when they enter Santa Monica City Hall over the holidays.

The City began paving the way for a new City Hall Annex Thursday with a demolition project that will run through January 5, City officials announced last week.

Crews will tear down the north stairwell tower, the former fire truck bay and the south retaining wall, officials said.

While City Hall will remain open for normal operation, visitors "should be prepared for loud noise," said Constance Farrell, the City's public information officer.

"We will provide earplugs to customers, but anyone who can wait to visit us until after January 5, 2018 will have a more pleasant experience," she said.

The intense construction work -- which requires heavy equipment such as jackhammers and munchers -- is being done over the holidays "to mitigate public impacts as much as possible," officials said.

"This work would normally take up to five weeks to complete," Farrell said.

In order to restrict this work to only three weeks, construction will take place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., she said.

The cleanup work to clear the site will take place from January 3 to January 5, officials said.

During demolition, as well as construction of the new annex, the rear courtyard of City Hall is now closed through 2020. Customers should enter through the front.

Located behind the 1938 City Hall, the new 50,200-square-foot City Services Building will house 239 employees currently scattered in leased locations and consolidate all City public-service counters in one place, officials said ("Council Rejects Appeal of $75 Million Santa Monica City Hall Annex," January 26, 2017).

The new annex -- which might be the most self-sustaining public facility in California -- also will include an emergency operations center.

It is being paid with a $77 million bond ("City of Santa Monica Prepares to Bond Nearly $77 million for Greenest Building in California History," August 4, 2017).

For more information email or call 310-4580-8368.


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