SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

Original 2008 proposal will require review next year after market shifts

By Jim Shilander

As part of the City Council’s discussion over San Clemente’s General Plan on Tuesday, the council moved to allow City Hall to be turned into affordable housing if the city ever moved to consolidate all its offices in one place.

The draft general plan included a provision to redesignate the zoning of the City Hall property to allow for a change if the city ever moved its offices from their current location on Avenida Presidio to the same location as the city’s offices on Calle Negocio, as well as to help meet federal guidelines for the availability of affordable housing within the city.

However, council members expressed concerns about the language of the restriction preventing the city from rehabilitating or expanding the current City Hall.

Among other departments, Planning, Community Development and Engineering all have their offices at the Negocio property, while Beaches, Parks and Recreation is located at the San Clemente Community Center.

City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said the future of the City Hall building will likely be reviewed next year as part of the city’s long-term financial planning. Gudgeirsson said market circumstances had changed since the issue of consolidating offices was first raised in 2008.

Gudgeirsson said the initial plans also called for the orange County Sheriff’s Department to move its offices in San Clemente to the Negocio facility as well, with the first floor being shared by the Sheriff’s Department and council chambers. The sheriff’s department would also have a portion of the second floor. The city currently has leases from businesses in the building that run for approximately four more years.

Mayor Bob Baker said he would need to hear more before making any decision.

“We need more information,” Baker said. “We need a staff report.”

BECOME AN INSIDER TODAY
Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff

comments (0)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>