City breaks ground on new building

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The City of Liberty Hill broke ground Tuesday on construction of a new city administration building on Loop 332. From left are Architect Don Eckols, Councilman Troy Whitehead, Assistant City Administrator Amber Lewis, Mayor Connie Fuller, Councilman Wendell McLeod, EVStudio Director of Architecture Bill Foster and Councilmember Liz Rundzieher. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

The City of Liberty Hill broke ground Tuesday on construction of a new city administration building on Loop 332. From left are Architect Don Eckols, Councilman Troy Whitehead, Assistant City Administrator Amber Lewis, Mayor Connie Fuller, Councilman Wendell McLeod, EVStudio Director of Architecture Bill Foster and Councilmember Liz Rundzieher. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

By SHELLY WILKISON

Liberty Hill city officials launched the construction of the new city administration building with a ground-breaking event Tuesday evening.

Members of the City Council were joined by city staff, the architect on the project and the contractors.

The new administration building, which will be built at 926 Loop 332, is the first building constructed by the City of Liberty Hill since its incorporation in 1999.

“We are so excited. And if you didn’t know it, this is the first new building the City ever built,” said Mayor Connie Fuller. “We just think it’s wonderful.”

At a cost of $1.6 million, the two-story building will house the offices of city administration and finance within 5,436 square feet. The building will also have an outdoor patio on the second floor, a clock tower that will house an elevator and stairwell.

The City Council will continue to meet at the Municipal Court Building on RR 1869. City Administrator Greg Boatright, who was not present Tuesday, said previously that the police department will move into the current City Hall building after the new construction is complete.

Mayor Fuller said the site for the new building was chosen as a way to help improve the downtown area. She said a primary focus for the Council and city staff has been to revitalize downtown Liberty Hill, and the City’s new construction will help.

“We decided to celebrate all the good things that come into our lives, and this is a wonderful thing for the city of Liberty Hill,” she said.

Once complete, the property will have parking for 22 vehicles, she said. Officials have a target completion date in late October.

Contractors demolished the Holloway building last month to make way for the new construction.

“We have tried to make this building very much like the building that was here. I think you (the community) will really like the end product,” she added.

Assistant City Administrator Amber Lewis said recently that projected revenues could be applied toward the construction including bond proceeds from expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, $650,000; development fee from Liberty Parke PID, $500,000; MorningStar surcharge fee $400,000; Caughfield connection fee surplus, $273,000. The total projected revenue from those sources is $1.823 million, which will leave the City with a $223,000 surplus.

Attending the groundbreaking event Tuesday were Council members Troy Whitehead, Wendell McLeod and Liz Rundzieher. Council members Elizabeth Branigan and Ron Rhea were not present. Joining council members were Architect Don Echols and Contractor Scott Gilger, and their associates.

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