New Georgetown City Hall, municipal campus on track to finish in December


Construction on Georgetown’s new City Hall and future City Council Chambers/Municipal Court building will wrap up in December in time for an early 2019 grand opening, Eric Johnson, the city’s capital improvement projects manager, said Tuesday.

Johnson shared the update with Georgetown City Council for the two buildings, which are part of the Downtown West development project that will consolidate city offices into a single campus a few blocks east of the Square.

The $13 million project is expanding and renovating the city’s former library at 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St. to repurpose it as a new City Hall. The Georgetown Communications and Technology building at 510 W. Ninth St. is under renovation to house the municipal court and City Council chambers.

Johnson said construction crews were beginning to install exterior doors and windows on the future City Hall’s front entry, which faces Martin Luther King Jr. Street.

A masonry crew is set to begin building the front wall of the other building. Crews have also added initial layers of asphalt on a section of West Ninth Street in front of the building that is closed to traffic until the development is completed, Johnson said.

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve service contracts for the installation of audio and visual equipment, furniture and security technology in both buildings.

The city is negotiating sales for its existing visitors center, City Hall and council chambers and municipal court building before the new campus opens in 2019.

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