Editor’s note: According to city of Pflugerville officials, the cost of the new City Hall will be approximately $33 million with up to $50 million needed for the overall downtown project. This story was amended with that clarification.
Pflugerville City Council unanimously approved a resolution May 14 to relocate its City Hall facilities to a downtown location in an effort to promote the city’s revitalization efforts.
Pflugerville City Hall, located at 100 E. Main St., has been at its current location since 1991. Under the approved resolution and in light of the forthcoming relocation, Assistant City Manager Trey Fletcher said the move provides for economic growth and opportunity within the Pflugerville community.
“I think it’s in the interest of the City Council to stimulate development activity and revitalization downtown,” Fletcher said. He added the council’s approval of the resolution in May was a deliberate attempt to invest in the city’s best interests.
The initial proposal presented to the council included considerations within a proposed mixed-use development that would span SH 130 as well as additional locations outside of the downtown
area. Following a revised resolution, the council voted in favor of moving forward with a downtown project.
The current resolution is not the first attempt at relocating City Hall from its current campus.
One of the most significant efforts, Fletcher said, was a 2008 bond election put forward that proposed three facilities: a library, City Hall and a recreation facility. Only the library was approved.
“That was 11 years ago,” Fletcher said. “There have been intermittent levels of effort since then to kind of accelerate City Hall and find the right time and right opportunity to do so.”
Following council’s proposal, the city will begin compiling a financial package outlining a specific location and land acquisition recommendations, according to the May 14 resolution. The
package could also include a certificate of obligation and potential public-private partnership opportunities, such as assemblage and construction development.
The projected cost for the new facility is approximately $33 million, according to officials. Other development related to downtown could add up to another $17 million overall.
A City Hall Needs Assessment, completed in 2018, is being prepared for release. Fletcher said that while several test fits have been done for size comparisons, a specific location within downtown has yet to be selected.