Mayor Mark Alarcon and the council talked about what they would like to see accomplished through the project, including closer parking spaces to city hall, more aesthetically pleasing landscaping and easier navigation for larger vehicles.
The idea for the project stemmed from the acquisition of the property originally owned by the Stockbridge Flower Shop, Alarcon said.
The low bid will cost the city about $144,000.
Councilman Richard Steinberg asked if accepting the lowest bid for the construction project would “compromise longevity or quality of work” to which Alarcon replied it would not.
“For those who wonder why we’re spending this kind of money on a project like this, it’s primarily about safety,” Alarcon said.
He said the brick wall, originally built by the shop to separate itself from the city hall area, would “be cut back by about 10 feet.”
“This gives visitors to city hall a clear view of the building all the way to the front door,” Alarcon said.
Plans are also in place to redesign the turnaround area for vehicles entering and leaving city hall.
“Unless you’re driving a small, compact car, it is very difficult to navigate that turning point so we want to change that,” Alarcon said.
Although the parking area will see many physical changes, Alarcon said he was “most excited” about putting a customer service representative at the drive-up window, which has a pneumatic tube system for taking payments.
“I find it to be very distancing that many businesses go to computerized technology instead of people, so I want visitors to city hall to be greeted by a smiling face,” he said.
Residents can expect to see the start of the project’s construction in the upcoming months.