The city of Dunwoody has signed an agreement to purchase the building at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road for $8.25 million for its first city-owned City Hall complex.
The new building will include the entire city staff, the police department, municipal court and the city council chambers.
City staff and planning consultants have been searching for a home for City Hall for more than two years. The agreement signed by the city of Dunwoody covers the purchase of the 3.25-acre lot and building for approximately $8.25 million, according to a release from the city. The city will continue further due diligence and inspection of the property over the next 90 days and, dependent on the due diligence findings, expects to close on the purchase within approximately 120 days.
“We performed extensive assessments and evaluations of available, existing or vacant properties within the city to see which might be the most beneficial solution for our citizens and city staff,” said Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal in a statement. “As city leaders and staff reviewed options, the 4800 building rose to the top of our list as the most fiscally prudent and logistically sound choice.
“We believe the new City Hall building will allow us to better serve our citizens,” Shortal added. “Our intent is to utilize the first floor of the new City Hall as the primary space where citizens and businesses will interact with the city through permitting, licensing, police department, court or council and public meetings. The central location, sufficient parking and overall accessibility make this new City Hall an ideal fit for our community.”
The building is approximately 45,000 square-feet and is a bit bigger than the space the city is currently leasing at 41 Perimeter Center East. The lease expires in 2019. The annual cost is comparable to the existing yearly lease terms, according to the city. The city plans to conduct minor changes to create office spaces for the entire city staff, police department, municipal court and the city council chambers.
The move to the new building is expected to be completed by early 2018.