Dry rot, an outdated electrical system and plumbing issues are a few reasons why Citrus Heights officials believe City Hall is long overdue for a move and makeover. But a proposal to demolish and relocate its civic center in favor of a new medical office sparked concerns from residents at a public forum in January.
As of now, city-owned property located on Antelope Road between Auburn and Sunrise boulevards is officials’ preferred site for City Hall. What’s more, Dignity Health, a California-based medical corporation, has offered to finance construction of a three-story medical structure and enter into a 15-year lease with the city.
According to community and economic development director Rhonda Sherman, the money generated over time will fund construction of the City Hall project. The offices would also provide higher-paying jobs and increased medical-service opportunities in internal medicine and rheumatology through 50 new providers, she said.
Besides concerns of City Hall’s relocation, residents raised questions about the fate of its award-winning rose garden and a koi pond.
A public forum is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, at the community center located at 6300 Fountain Square Drive in Citrus Heights. Although Sherman said cost estimates and plans for the City Hall proposal are still in the formation process, the city council’s ultimate decision is expected in early summer.