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Del Mar Plans To Build New City Hall

Photo by Alison St John

Del Mar City Hall, March 2014

The upscale beach community of Del Mar has a population of just more than 4,000 people. It has been making do with a city hall that was once a little brick schoolhouse, but now more than 70 percent of the residents want to see a change.

Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu said plans to replace the existing aging building have gone nowhere for two decades, but she said, this City Council is determined to move ahead.

Del Mar City Hall, looking towards the Pacific. The Mayor hopes to replace it with a new city hall within the next three years. March 2014

“The building’s been there since the '20s,” she said. “We’ve had it as a city hall since the '70s. It’s very deteriorated, and so we just decided in the past year that it’s something we’re going to move forwards with — it’s time.”

Haydu said the city will be looking for architectural bids. Estimates suggest it could cost between $7 million and $8 million. The City Council has promised not to raise the sales tax, but paying for the project could include a revenue bond, selling off assets or a public-private partnership.

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