Del Mar City Hall is temporarily relocating

Del Mar’s new civic center will soon be under construction, which means city hall will have a temporary home.

City hall is temporarily relocating to Southfair while the complex is under construction.

As part of the relocation process, city hall will be closed to the public on Friday, June 3.

There will be minimal phone and email access for all city facilities and employees due to the relocation of computer servers and the phone system that day. Residents can call the city’s after-hours phone number at 858-756-1126 for non-911 emergency issues that require immediate attention. For emergencies, call 911.

On Monday, June 6, city hall employees will be unpacking at the new location and completing the reconnection of the computer servers and phone system. Only limited counter services will be available to the public. Regular services are expected to resume on Tuesday, June 7.

The regularly-scheduled June 6 council meeting will be the final meeting held at the current location in the Del Mar TV Studio at 240 10th Street. Beginning, June 7, all City Council, Design Review Board and Planning Commission meetings will be held at 2010 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Suite 100. The city anticipates that most committee meetings will be held in Suite 100 as well.

While the new civic center is under construction, the mailing address will remain the same, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, as will all city phone numbers.

Located on the site of the city’s current facilities, the $17.8 million project includes an 8,722-square-foot city hall, 3,172-square-foot town hall and 15,000-square-foot public plaza.

Councilmen Al Corti and Don Mosier, who serve as council liaisons to the project, have recently met with the architectural team, the Miller Hull Partnership, to resolve final design issues.

With the redesigns, the entrance to the restrooms and the roof of the breezeway was modified. The design of the western wall of the parking garage was also altered to eliminate light and noise to neighbors.

The design team will further detail design modifications during the council’s next meeting on June 6.

“I think the outstanding design challenges have now been settled and we’re past 50 percent construction drawings and headed for 100 percent,” Mosier said.

“I think the outcome will be something that the council and the public will like,” Corti added.

Demolition of the existing city hall is set to take place in June and July. Construction drawings should be complete in July with a contract awarded in September. Construction is scheduled to begin in October.

Estimated construction of the civic center project is between 18 and 24 months.