[El Mirage, AZ January 19, 2017] - Dignitaries from around the Valley joined El Mirage officials, residents, and other guests this morning to celebrate the grand opening of the new City Hall Building.
This was made possible by a bond approved by the voters in 2003. The new City Hall facility is approximately 21,900 square feet in area, two stories in height, located south of the Police Department near the northwest corner of El Mirage Road and the Mountain View Road alignment in a 2.8 acre parcel. The project also included the north half of the new Mountain View Road. The new City Hall services include Administration, City Clerk, Development & Community Services, Engineering, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, and the new 2,180 square foot Council Chambers.
The new facility meets the requirements of the City departments, while establishing the architectural character that will be developed in the area over time. The area surrounding this facility, including Gateway Park, El Mirage Police Station, and the Northwest Valley Family YMCA, is planned to be a civic and retail area incorporating “living” street and new urbanism principles.
The building was designed and constructed to maximize energy efficiency while following Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) principles of sustainability. Ample windows provide natural light to reduce the need for artificial illumination. The parking lot includes solar canopies to produce much of the building’s power requirements.
The site also includes a central courtyard and the City of El Mirage Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, dedicated to the five branches of our armed services. The memorial reflects the cultural diversity and showcases contributions made by Navajo Code Talkers, Buffalo Soldiers, Latino men and women heroes who served on the Home Front, El Mirage Police and Fire, and military organizations with ties to Arizona. The memorial includes three benches for quiet reflection. The memorial plaza will be the centerpiece for future community events honoring veterans.
Commenting on the new facility, Mayor Lana Mook said, “This new City Hall is a significant milestone for our community. This Council is keeping its promise to our citizens to move the City forward in the best interest of the residents of El Mirage. We are grateful to our citizens who have supported our commitment to improve the quality of life for all of our residents and businesses.”