If everything goes as planned — and so far, everything is — the Newport Beach City Council could hold its December meeting in the new Civic Center, Councilman Ed Selich said today.
“They say it will be open in December for the first council meeting, and I believed them,” Selich told the Corona del Mar Residents Association board at their monthly meeting at the OASIS Senior Center.
The new Civic Center broke ground in May 2010 on Avocado Avenue. The project will include a new City Hall, a 450-space parking structure, a 17,000-square-foot expansion of the Newport Beach Central Library, and a 16-acre park including a dog park and 1.23 miles of walking and viewing trails. The total costs is $128 million, according to a city webpage.
The City Council has scheduled a meeting for Dec. 11, the only meeting on the December calendar.
Selich said after that meeting, the building would be left for about a month “to de-bug it.”
“To make sure you don’t turn a light switch on, and then the air condition comes on in the the other side of the building,” he said.
By mid-summer, he added, construction should have progressed enough to know if the opening date is realistic.
City workers would then pack their belongings on a Friday and have them moved to the new center over a weekend, he said.
A CdMRA member asked if a grand opening ceremony would be held, and Selich said yes, although details were not decided.
“We’re talking about that,” he said. “There will be something.”