New Civic Center Updates
The City of Newark recently passed a ballot measure in November 2016 that raises the sales tax by one-half cent for the purpose of building a new Civic Center. This center will consist of three new buildings which will house the Police Department, the City Administration, and Library.
The City has completed The Newark Civic Center Feasibility Study that addressed the replacement of the existing Civic Center Buildings. The Feasibility Study process included significant public and policy maker input. The Feasibility Study established the building program, evaluated numerous sites, and developed a conceptual site plan and massing for the buildings. More information on the feasibility study can be found at: Feasability Study.
The vision for the new Civic Center is that it becomes more than a place to do the City’s business; the Civic Center will be a source of pride and community identification. It will include a safe, efficient, customer-friendly office space for City administrative functions. Along with a police station/emergency dispatch center, Council Chambers, a world class library, and the Civic Center plaza that will serve as a multi-function event space.
The new Civic Center will be built on the current City Administration Building and Library site. During construction the Library, Police Department, and City Administrative offices will continue to be occupied. Once the new buildings can be occupied the existing City Administration Building will be demolished. The existing Library building will remain and be repurposed at a later date. The search for an architectural firm who will design the new Civic Center has begun. It is anticipated construction will commence summer of 2018 with occupancy occurring in the Summer/Fall of 2020.