REDMOND, OR -- With the New Year comes a new City Hall for Redmond. Renovations are nearly complete at the former Evergreen school, and City Council and a number of departments plan to move into their new space in about seven weeks. Mayor George Endicott tells KBND News, "Floors are in, in the last two areas they’re working in – one of which is Council chambers and then some of the lease space that we have. 'REDI,' Redmond Economic Development officially announced that they’re going to occupy some of the lease space, so they’ll be moving in as well. That’ll be a good partner." He says technology installed in the nearly 100-year-old building needs to be fully tested before Councilors can move in.
The facility's history is celebrated through the City Hall design and artwork. Endicott says, "We approved a piece of art glass that actually has the mascots for the three different schools. Because, it was a high school then it was a middle school, then it was an elementary school – so, you’ve got a panther, then you’ve got an eagle, then, I think it’s a wolf are all represented in this piece of art glass for the mascots that were in that building over the years. It’s kind of cool."
The current City Hall, across from Centennial Park, will eventually be sold to a developer. "We transferred the current City Hall building over to the Urban Area Commission – or, their board – who then will sell it to a private party," says Endicott. "Our intent there is that someone comes in that’s going to build a venue that will attract people to downtown in the hours that currently aren’t – for example, an entertainment center of some kind." Mayor Endicott expects the new City Hall facility will be ready for staff to move in by mid February.
Evergreen School Stock Photo