Pflugerville City Council approved the first ordinance reading on the consent agenda Nov. 26, meaning no discussion was held prior to the vote. Council first discussed the possibility of purchasing the Comerica Bank property at council's Oct. 8 meeting, with city staff saying it marked an ideal expansion of the city's municipal structure and would also align with the city's downtown action plan.
Council Member Jeff Marsh said during council's Oct. 8 meeting that the purchase would allow for more room for city staff to operate and would be Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant—an issue, he said, Pflugerville City Hall's current location struggles with on its upper levels.
"It is a unique opportunity to more than double the space we’re currently in," Marsh said Oct. 8. "It also allows us to grow with the city at a very responsible cost in a very responsible way.”
The language of the ordinance reading lists the cost of the purchase at $812,000, including both the purchase of the building as well as other professional fees. A second and final ordinance reading must be held prior to an official amendment to the city's fiscal year 2019-20 budget.