Clearwater building $45 million city hall

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The city of Clearwater is building a new city hall, a two-story, 42,000-sq.-ft. building that is expected to cost $45 million.

Clearwater has been without a city hall for about five years, after outgrowing the space and dealing with asbestos, according to city staff. City council meetings are held in the public library, and they have rented out office space downtown.

Construction of the new city hall is expected to be completed and open for use by the summer of 2026.

City council members unanimously voted in June to approve a $44.87 million plan with standalone City Hall building on a vacant city-owned lot.

Work will includes renovations at the 27-year-old municipal services building, with a budget of about $13.3 million.

Wannemacher Jensen Architects designed the project which includes an outdoor area that could function as a local gathering space for community events.

Council also voted to increase the demolition contract with Biltmore Construction from $557,693 to $810,237 to complete the demolition process of the former City Hall on Osceola Avenue, a site that was vacated in 2019.

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