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What is the current City Hall’s closure date?
The current City Hall, located at 333 West Ocean Blvd., will officially close at noon, Friday, July 26.

When will the new City Hall open?
The new City Hall, located at 411 West Ocean Blvd., will resume regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) starting Tuesday, July 30.

Will there be a Grand Opening event?
We welcome the public to a Grand Opening celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 29.

Where will public services be available in the new building?
The City Hall first floor will support all cashier, City Clerk, and Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) business activities.  The City Hall second floor will support all permitting needs and will house Development Services (Building and Safety, Code Enforcement and Planning), Health, Fire and Public Works groups.

How will public-serving operations change in the new building?
First and second-floor operations will both utilize a new queuing system to provide a more streamlined service experience

What changes are coming to the Civic Chambers?
Meetings in the new Bob Foster Civic Chambers will function similarly to meetings in the old City Hall. The public will enter through the main entrance of the City Hall building and proceed to security where they will pass through metal detectors before entering the Civic Chambers.  

How will services be affected by the move?
We are planning on a smooth transition for public services during the move. However, with any change of this magnitude, the public may experience longer wait times during the weeks leading up to and directly following the move. We thank you for your patience.

When will the Main Library open?
The Main Library Grand Opening event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 21.

Once the Civic Center and Library are open, will construction be complete?
Construction will continue through 2022. After the Main Library is open, construction will begin on Lincoln Park, which is scheduled for completion in 2021. Private development in the old City Hall location will take place through 2022.

When will Lincoln Park re-open?
Demolition of the existing Main Library will begin in Fall 2019 with the construction of Lincoln Park to follow. The new Lincoln Park is estimated to be completed in 2021.

Why do we need a new Civic Center?
The current Civic Center, which includes City Hall and the Main Library, were deemed seismically unsafe. The new Civic Center will provide increased safety for both City employees and the community members who visit the Civic Center.

What is happening to Lincoln Park?
Planning for the revitalization of Lincoln Park’s 4.8 acres is underway now, and is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2021.

What is happening to the property on which the current City Hall is located?
As part of the City’s innovative public-private partnership with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners, the land where City Hall is currently located will be transferred for private development. Opportunities include mixed-use residential, retail and a hotel.