WAXAHACHIE

The Waxahachie City Hall and its staff have prepared for the day that the building finally reaches its capacity. That day is today.

The city acquired an old two-story lumberyard building across the street from City Hall at 408 South Rogers Street in 2009. City manager Michael Scott explained that it was obtained at the time to provide for future city office space when needed.

“Someday, we were going to run out of space at City Hall,” Scott stated. “Unfortunately, that day is upon us.”

According to a memorandum, the City Hall’s 60-person staff capacity was previously discussed during the Fiscal Year 2019 budget process and the need was expressed to activate the building for use. This year’s operating budget already has funding designated for professional services to begin space planning, preliminary engineering and abatement services for the project.

Architexas, a Dallas-based architecture company, is providing schematic architectural services, as well as engineering and site layout planning for the expansion. Planners were out at the building Wednesday afternoon to begin surveying the property.

“We’re growing rapidly,” city communications director Amy Borders expressed. “With that, we’ve added some staff. These additional facilities will make room for other offices and departments to expand into them.”

The building is currently occupied by the Waxahachie Architectural Salvage and Showroom company, which re-purposes and sells older items and hardware. Scott stated that the current owners have a lease on that property that expires in November.

The Waxahachie City Council approved the proposal during their council meeting Monday, where staff was authorized to execute the proposal in the amount of $124,700 and other reimbursable expenses to Architexas.

The planning effort will take approximately four months to complete. A new agreement for a construction plan development will be presented to the city council for consideration later in July.