Rehoboth Designs for $17 Million City Hall Presented - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Rehoboth Designs for $17 Million City Hall Presented

Posted:
REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - A brand new renovated city hall might be around the corner in Rehoboth Beach. The city unveiled their newest schematic designs this Monday, and now town officials said they are almost ready for the "Design Development" stage. In the end, the project will cost more than $17 million, according to Mayor Sam Cooper. 

Cooper said that the changes were desperately needed after more than 50 years since it's initial construction. 

"This building was built in 1964 ..." he said. "And it's served the city well, but it's time for something newer and more modern." 

On Monday, the Rehoboth Beach City Hall Complex Master Plan Task Force presented computer models from the architect, and received mostly positive feedback from the city commissioners. The building will be connected to the Convention Center as well as the police station. 

"It's driven I think first and foremost by the police department," he said. "They clearly have a lack of space, they have a need for more security." 

He said the current setup of the station makes it difficult to follow federal laws, regarding separating juveniles from adults. He also said they are running out of space in general, on nights when they arrest a lot of people.  

Cooper said that phase one of the project would cost nearly $8 million. The second phase would add up to about $6.5 million. Along with other construction related costs in design services, furniture, and administrative costs, the total cost comes out to just under $7 million.

Cooper said they plan to sell the government building at 306 Rehoboth Ave., to offset about $2 million of this cost, although he said this is still up in the air. He admitted that the price tag for this project was high, but said there was no cheap alternative. 


"At times some of us have looked at - you know - we could remodel this or we could add on there," he said. "But it would be band-aids on a bigger problem." 

The next meeting on this project will be on May 5 at the Rehoboth Beach City Hall building. 
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Appointed DelTech President Rejects Offer

    Appointed DelTech President Rejects Offer

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:19:49 GMT
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College, despite DelTech's public announcement of the appointment weeks ago.More
    Wor-Wic Community College President Dr. Ray Hoy announced Thursday he will not become the fifth president of Delaware Technical Community College, despite DelTech's public announcement of the appointment weeks ago.More
  • Tornado Leaves 2 Dead, 36 Hurt at Va. Campground

    Tornado Leaves 2 Dead, 36 Hurt at Va. Campground

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 03:40:58 GMT
    A confirmed tornado accompanied by softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at a campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring 36, officials said.More
    The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado tore through Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. A husband and wife were killed. Thirty-six other people were injured.More
  • Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Del. Court Upholds Death Sentence in Rape-Murder

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:43:26 GMT
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
    Delaware's highest court has upheld the conviction and death sentence for a man found guilty of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service