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Tonight: Menlo Park staff asks for $500,000 boost to city hall renovation budget

Earlier this year, the Menlo Park City Council agreed to budget $300,000 for capital improvements to city hall. Now, during Tuesday night's study session, staff will ask to discuss boosting the renovation budget by $500,000.

The improvements are needed due to increased staffing, outdated furnishings -- the carpet is more than 15 years old -- and changes in technology, according to staff.

After getting the budget approved, the city then hired a consultant, Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, to evaluate how to better arrange the various departments contained within the city's administration building.

According to the staff report, the preferred floor plan designed by the consultant would regroup departments by similarity, such as putting the economic development office within the finance department. Kiosks would be added on the first floor for customer self-service. Other upgrades, such as new carpet, would be installed throughout the building.

The downside to the preferred floor plan is cost -- the total price tag for capital improvements would rise to $800,000.

Click here to review the complete agenda and associated staff reports for tonight's meeting.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. Watch the meeting live online via the city's website.

Sandy Brundage

Comments

Posted by Conscience, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

While the City is at it, they should fumigate the Council Chambers and restrooms where cockroaches have been sighted.


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