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Short-Term Rental For City Hall
Trailers to Turner
Ann Gardner | Via Latina

Southfair suites. Photo Bill Morris.
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City staff will not be moving into trailers on a parking lot shared with Winston School to make way for the demolition of the current city hall after all. The twenty-eight city employees plus a couple of interns will be moving into space at the northern end of the Herb Turner designed buildings known as Southfair at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The move is expected to take place in early June and will be widely publicized to the community beforehand. All City functions including City Council meetings and the TV studio will be moved to the new location.

Southfair is a contemporary wood building complex that boasts open ceilings, natural sunlight and patios with abundant greenery. It is occupied by a variety of offices and The Gym at Del Mar, a popular fitness center. It also houses the Herb Turner Art Gallery that is currently featuring rotating exhibits by local artists.
The move puts the temporary “city hall” in the same general area as the Public Works and Fire Departments, within walking distance south to downtown Del Mar via the new connecting sidewalks along Jimmy Durante Blvd., the Fairgrounds, the Coast to Crest Trailhead and the soon to be completed River Path Del Mar that runs along the southern bank of the San Dieguito River towards the Grand Avenue Bridge. According to the City Manager’s April 4 staff report the move “provides the most favorable combination of cost, operational efficiency, ease of move-in and lack of environmental and neighborhood impacts.” The original location for the temporary City Hall off Stratford Court is adjacent to a residential community and would share parking with the Winston School employees and parents. However Winston School is supporting the Del Mar Farmers Market application for permits to move the Saturday market event to the Shores Park upper parking lot. Those plans will go before the Planning Commission on May 10 for approval.

Southfair suites. Photo Bill Morris.
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Demolition of the current City Hall buildings is expected to begin this summer with construction of the new City Hall/Town Hall project estimated to be between 18-24 months. The two-year lease at Southfair reportedly gives the City some buffer time and takes advantage of a “free months” clause in the agreement. The two-year total cost estimate for the temporary space is $500,000 or about $50,000 more than the original move to trailers in a parking lot. The public counter area, Council Chambers, planning and finance and a small conference room will be located on the ground floor with remaining offices upstairs. Check the City website for updates.



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