Buda Municipal Complex project still on schedule

The Public Safety Building is on course to be completed by spring 2018, city officials said.

The Public Safety Building is on course to be completed by spring 2018, city officials said.

City officials said construction on the new city of Buda Municipal Complex, which Buda broke ground on nearly two months ago, is on schedule to open in spring 2018.

“Everything is on schedule,” Public Information Officer David Marino said. “Public works is completing their drainage work, and construction should begin in January.”

The natural drainage on the property is being deepened and widened, Marino said. It will be left as an improved natural channel on one end, and will transition into a constructed drainage segment using box culverts.

The complex itself will consist of two buildings. The municipal building will house City Hall and the Buda Public Library, and the public safety building will be the new home of the Buda Police Department.

“With construction, things are fluid because you can't anticipate weather or if other issues that could come up,” Marino said. “We're still anticipating a spring 2018 completion date. But the timeline is always subject to change.”

At the Sept. 6 meeting, city council voted to spend about $324,000 to relocate a 260-year-old tree from the site that otherwise would have been destroyed. Marino said the relocation has not affected the anticipated project completion date.

The 54,683-square-foot municipal facility will hold the library, city administrative offices, City Council chambers and the Buda Economic Development Corporation. The complex will also feature a community multipurpose space and an emergency preparedness space. The public safety building includes 14,420 square feet, and will house the police department as well as community meeting rooms.