The city of Rotterdam hired an engineering consultant to do the programming and design of the old Kmart building at the Rotterdam ViaPort so that the city could explore the possibility of setting up its offices there.
The city voted unanimously Wednesday night at its city council meeting to hire the engineering firm of Albany Barton & Loguidice for $ 32,000.
The company is expected to develop a plan to reconfigure the 80,000-square-foot space to house the city’s administrative offices, police and public works departments, and the courthouse.
“In total, more than 100 existing employees would be based at the new location,” said a statement from The Martin Group, the public relations firm representing the city. “The town hall and the court of justice would act first, with a proposed timetable of January 1, 2022, followed by the police department by March 1, 2022.”
The move would reduce overhead costs and make the city more efficient and accessible, according to city supervisor Steven Tommasone.
“We are excited about the possibility of this move, and we believe that the consolidation of our departments will increase the quality of customer service provided to our residents and create a true city center for Rotterdam located right at ViaPort,” said Tommasone in the communicated. .
The move comes as the city planned to modernize the town hall in the past.
“The Kirvin government center, along with other city-owned buildings, is expected to require major repairs and renovations in the coming years, underscoring the need for alternative and more cost-effective city building options,” the statement said. .
The city is planning a long-term lease on the space and may purchase it in the future, the statement said.
Fuat Agsak, director of business development for Via Properties in the United States, declined to elaborate on the value of this commercial space. “I cannot comment on this,” Agsak said.
The current City Hall – John F. Kirvin Government Center is located at 1100 Sunrise Blvd.
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