McKinney Breaks Ground on New City Hall Complex
The 175,000-square-foot, five-story building will be located on nearly nine acres at the intersection of East Virginia Street and Throckmorton Street. The new City Hall will consolidate most of the city's administrative offices and city services and include a 180-seat Council Chambers and 96-seat event space. The facility will also include a conferencing center, with five conference rooms on the ground level and four additional conference rooms on the top floor.
One of the city's goals is to preserve and celebrate the historical elements and communities in and around the City Hall District. The new building will complement the historic silos across Virginia Street, recently painted with a 100-foot mural by international artist Guido van Helten. A large public plaza will serve as a place for outdoor gatherings, festivals, and performances.
"We are creating not just a City Hall, but a gathering space the entire community will embrace," said Mayor George Fuller. "The additional social and entertainment aspects of the district will offer yet another exciting place for residents to choose to live, dine, recreate, exchange ideas, and otherwise share memorable experiences."
“This is exciting not just for our community, but for the 1,300 full-time employees and another 350 part-time and seasonal employees who work for the city,” said City Manager Paul Grimes. “This project fulfills a long-standing goal to develop a genuine City Hall, which brings together most of the city's functional departments and helps reduce or eliminate inefficiencies of leasing space and commute time among various operating departments.”
In 2019, voters passed a $50-million bond proposition to serve as a major funding source for the new City Hall.