City Hall/Town Hall Project Highlights

Why a new City Hall?
The existing City Hall was the former St. James Academy and was remodeled in 1973 to serve as interim offices for City functions. The existing facility has surpassed its useful life and the City Council determined the costs to renovate the existing facility exceed the cost of a new facility.
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Below are some highlights of the progress of the project in 2015:
Final EIR Released on December 16, 2015 
Del Mar City Hall/Town Hall Project (1050 Camino del Mar) Draft EIR has completed its 45-day public review on October 26, 2015 and the Final EIR has been completed. Copies of the Final EIR are available to download or available for viewing in print form at City Hall or the Del Mar Library.

December 16, 2015: Design Review Board Considers the Project
On December 16, 2015, the Design Review Board considered the City Hall/Town Hall project and provided direction for the City Council's consideration.
December 16, 2015: Final EIR Released
Del Mar City Hall/Town Hall Project (1050 Camino del Mar) Draft EIR completed its 45-day public review on October 26, 2015 and the Final EIR was released. Copies of the Final EIR are available to 
download or available for viewing in print form at City Hall or the Del Mar Library.

December 7, 2015: City Council Discussion of CPP Meeting
Comments received at the November 19, 2015 CPP meeting were discussed at the City Council meeting on December 7, 2015.  For more information on City Council's discussion of the comments from the CPP meeting and information presented to City Council by City Staff, please click the links below.

November 19, 2015: CPP Meeting Held
The Citizens Participation Program Meeting (CPP) for this project was on November 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m in the Del Mar Communications Center, 240 Tenth Street, Del Mar, CA 92014. To read the final report from the CPP meeting, please click the link below.
November 19, 2015: Story Poles Erected
As the City progresses through the design process of a new City Hall/Town Hall, story poles have been erected at the existing site (1050 Camino del Mar) to depict the outline and height of the buildings. They are intended to aid neighbors, staff personnel, and members of the decision-making bodies in their evaluation of a project application.

The story poles depict the outline of the proposed City Hall, Town Hall, parking garage, as well as planned new grade levels. Story poles will remain installed through the City Council meeting on January 4, 2016.

November 2, 2015: Updated Design Presented to City Council
On Monday, November 2, 2015, The Miller Hull Partnership, presented the proposed design of the City Hall/Town Hall project at the City Council meeting. Read a letter from the architect to the community.

September 28, 2015: Community Workshop
The City – in conjunction with The Miller Hull Partnership, the architects for the project; Spurlock Poirier, landscape architects for the project; and RECON Environmental Inc., preparers of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) - conducted a workshop on September 28, 2015 with the community to discuss three topics: community character and architectural expression, plaza and landscape character, and the Draft EIR.
August 26, 2015: DRB Meeting
The early, in-progress design of the new City Hall/Town Hall project was presented to the Design Review Board (DRB) by its architects, The Miller Hull Partnership, on August 26, 2015. The meeting also invited community feedback. The DRB members suggested some changes in the building designs, while commending the architects on other elements of the design such as the placement of the Town Hall at the 10th street/Camino Del Mar corner; and internal garage circulation to reduce potential traffic impacts on the streets, etc. Community feedback concentrated on the architectural style of the City Hall/Town Hall building and questions were raised on whether it would be harmonious with the historic architecture of Del Mar.There were also concerns about traffic congestion and potential blockage of public views.
July 20, 2015: Schematic Design Approval 
Schematic design (the further refinement of the adopted Concept Plan) was presented to the community and the City Council at the July 20, 2015 City Council meeting. The architects explained the character of the plaza and entry to Town Hall, their inspiration from treasured Del Mar buildings (Powerhouse and Library) and their recommended materials of wood and glass.
June 15, 2015: Concept Design Approval
The Concept design (the arrangement of the uses and buildings on the site) was presented to the community and the City Council at the June 15, 2015 City Council meeting.  Watch the Concept Design presentation here: 
June 1, 2015: Concept Design Open House
On June 1, 2015, the architects presented their initial ideas for different ways the plan can be arranged. The public was invited to provide feedback and express preferences. Based upon the input, a preferred direction was discussed at the June 15, 2015 City Council meeting. 
May 4, 2015: Meet & Greet with the Architects
On May 4, 2015 the City held a meet and greet with the Miller Hull Partnership, the award-winning architects selected to develop the design of the City Hall/Town Hall and civic plaza. We encourage you watch the video of the Meet & Greet event and to view the letter from the Miller Hull Partnership in appreciation for the community's participation and feedback received during the Architect Meet & Greet.
Interested in the detailed project schedule?
Click here to view the Council adopted schedule.