Del Rio: City Council Opts to Consolidate Departments, Issues RFQ for New City Hall
Feature Photo (above): The main Municipal Building (City Hall) in Del Rio is to be retired along with a least three other buildings. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Del Rio (Val Verde County) — The City of Del Rio issued a Request For Qualification on Tuesday for architectural/engineering services to begin the design for a new City Hall facility.
City Council agreed by resolution on January 28 to have staff prepare and issue the RFQ. VBX is tracking this project with Project ID 2020-1521.
Red zone is city land available for proposed new City Hall facility. Yellow zones are existing municipal buildings.
Resolution 2020-005 noted that the current city hall at 109 W. Broadway St. was in need of major renovations or replacement.
The council found it preferable to replace the building and to consolidate the offices of departments that are scattered across at least three other buildings within a two block area of downtown.
109 W. Broadway St. – City Hall
108 E. Broadway St. – Code Enforcement/Community Health Services
125 E. Martin St. – Municipal Court
114 W. Martin St. – Building Inspections
“A new City Hall facility would bring together all offices currently housed in the 109 W. Broadway facility, the 114 W. Martin Annex, the building near the U.S. Post Office, Municipal Court administrative functions, and other city functions,” the resolution stated.
Council found it in the best interests of the city “to build a new, larger single facility than to renovate multiple structures, and anticipates cost savings in utility and maintenance expenses.”
Office of Building Inspections, 114 W. Martin Street. Image: Google Streets.
The four buildings that would be retired have a combined area of about 24,300 square feet. However, those buildings are all more than 50 years old and likely overcrowded. The RFQ does not suggest a preferred approximate square footage.
The RFQ states that new building should be situated on city-owned land that is adjacent to 109 W. Broadway.
“The new facility will be multiple stories with sufficient and flexible office layouts to accommodate the City Council Chambers and the various departments and divisions of the city administration currently located at 109 W. Broadway and in several surrounding and nearby buildings.”
Municipal Court Building, 125 E. Martin Street. Image: Google Streets.
Following the submission of their Statement of Qualifications, the highest ranked firm will be asked to submit a proposal for the costs to prepare the conceptual design, followed by designs, plans and specifications, and construction documents ready for advertisement.
The submission deadline is March 3.
Community Health Services and Code Enforcement, 108 E. Broadway. Image: Google Streets.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.