The pandemic has not caused delays or budget changes for the Marysville civic campus

Marysville's new civic campus is still on track to open in 2022 and on budget despite complications from the pandemic.

The campus will be a consolidation of various Marysville city departments which are currently in multiple buildings.

"If you've driven by there, it's coming up quite rapidly. It's exciting to see that come up," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring during his Nov. 9 coffee klatch.

"We thought there might be a few hiccups through the COVID-19 situation but they've managed to keep the project on time and on budget," he said.

The project will house Marysville courts, the police department, public works, the jail and the departments currently housed in Marysville City Hall.

"The spring of 2022 is when we're anticipating occupation," said Gloria Hirashima, chief administrative officer with the city.

The public voted for a sales tax to replace the current Public Safety Building in 2018, and those funds will pay for that portion of the civic campus.

A lot of the remaining cost of the project is planned to be paid for by selling the current City Hall and other buildings.

"We're currently working on the plan for the selling of those buildings," said Hirashima.

As the city has grown through annexations and natural population growth many of the city's departments have run into space issues.

"We were at a point where we had outgrown our facilities, particularly the Public Safety Building which was in dire need of a replacement," said Hirashima. "There is a lack of space and we have a lot of functions in different buildings."

The Public Safety Building used to house most of the law enforcement and court functions of the city, but now there are multiple buildings around the city.

"As the department has grown we have had to separate out a lot more, which causes a lot more operational difficulty," said Hirashima. "It's a lot more efficient in terms of working back and forth," to be in the same building.

Marysville residents are likely to see similar benefits.

"In terms of doing business with the city you will have a single place to stop by," said Hirashima.

The architectural design of the new campus is meant to represent the city as well, she said.

"We really designed it with how we want to present to the community," said Hirashima.

There is also an area that is part of the design where events can be held.

"We anticipate the city will sometimes use it like a park presence," said Hirashima.

The civic campus has been part of the city's plans for more than a decade.

"We started solidly planning a site about four years ago," said Hirashima, who said the campus was part of the downtown master plan adopted in 2008.

"We're really looking forward to the completion of the new campus," she said.

 

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