Citizens Tower still on track to open this fall
Downtown Lubbock will soon see an uptick in activity.
City employees are set to move into the 11-story Citizens Tower on November 1.
"We plan on having our second council meeting in December, on December 17, in the new chamber," Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said. "So, those are our plans. That's good news, I think."
The project still costs less than previous councils anticipated, Pope said. They will soon invite leaders and employees to see the building.
"Starting to take our employees over there, 'cause they're the ones who are most excited, and most of them have not had a chance to go look at the building," Pope said.
South of the tower will be the new police headquarters, and west of the tower will be the Municipal Court.
Pope said the close proximity of these departments will work out for everyone.
"Today, if you need to talk to (Street Department) you go to one building. If you need to talk to (Water Department), you go to a different building," Pope said. "If you have to get something at Parks and Recreation, you go to a third building ... We'll be in one spot. It'll not only allow us to serve citizens better, it will allow our staff to be much more productive."
With moving, however, the parking demands have changed, he said.
"The parking considerations are a little more significant now that we're moving. We'll have a municipal complex, because of police headquarters being south of Citizens Tower, instead of what we originally talked about."
Councilman Steve Massengale said the complex will need 578 total parking spaces for employees and visitors. In all, that will cost about $6.7 million.
Construction for police headquarters and the Municipal Court is set to begin in early 2020.