Novato's Big Dig Begins at City Office Site

Headquarters for city employees starts with excavation at Machin Avenue lot. The completion date is fall 2013.

Heavy machinery is gobbling up chunks of dirt at the site where the city of Novato will debut its administrative offices in the fall of 2013.

This video shows the scene at Machin Avenue, just across the street from the Novato Police Department and a few feet away from Novato City Hall and the Novato Community House. Ground was broken during a July 17.

The $14.5 million project was approved unanimously by the Novato City Council after about 30 years of debate about new city offices. It will be home to more than 60 city employees and be the key cog in the city's renovated civic center complex in Old Town.

Here are more stories about the city offices.

Mark Burnham August 21, 2012 at 03:45 AM
that battle has already been waged jerome. today you chimed in with your 2 cents (1 cent actually) about this project being a wise financial decision. now you cut bait and run when confronted with the plain as day financial facts about this project?? pretty weak jerome. i figured since you stood your ground in front of the city hall and the police chief on everify that this was not in your nature. by the way.. it is not a sign of weakness to change your position on this topic. you have been presented with a very valid financial argument against city offices.. simply wanting offices downtown because they "should be there" isn't good enough.. is it jerome?
Tina McMillan August 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I believe it will be used to park city owned vehicles. I can not find this on the website but I recall it being part of the parking study. They claim there is no need for additional parking in Old Town.
Mark Burnham August 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
tina, getting back to your link here about moody's rating agency chiming in on expecting more city's in cali to file for bankruptcy.. honestly if moody's is taking the time to address this it means that we will see more shortly and far more than the number the anticipate. moody's, s&p, fitch, ambac.. all of these agencies have been notoriously late to the game in predicting defaults and bad news. these agencies failed us horribly before and during the financial crisis and continue to do so with almost every industry where they have an inherent conflict to not let markets get crushed. the bottom line is that it is a lot worse out there than it seems .. ratings agencies coming to the plate with a call for "danger" says its already on top of us.. too late.
Tina McMillan August 21, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Mark This pattern (referring to cities declaring bankruptcy) is truly frightening and could undermine the fiscal stability of the entire state and other states going through the same problems. Providence RI is a city where the mayor was able to negotiate true pension reform with the labor unions and avoid bankruptcy. Having the courage to take this issue on city by city is the only way we are going to create fiscal balance and prosperity. The image of the downtown city offices will always be a reminder that the council unanimously chose to prevent a vote of residents and to move ahead with a project that whose cost is far more than the initial outlay. Even if we had purchased 75 Rowland there would have been the opportunity to generate revenue from rentals and then use the revenue to rehabilitate the community house and/or create a public private partnership to develop the land in Old Town. There were so many options that made more fiscal sense than this one. I believe the council has caring and intelligent people on board which is why it is so disheartening to see the denial when it comes to financial risk. I don't understand how they let this happen and how they can feel it was okay to go ahead without a vote.
Mark Schoenbaum August 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Not to mention that by the time the city finishes paying off the building it will be considered old and decrepit and in need of replacement...


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