City Hall Project

Information will be posted as it becomes available


Update 9/8/2021

City Hall Project update from City Manager
Leila Aman

Community Goals and Values

Manzanita Listens revealed several themes that are important to the community.

These include:

  • Getting the most value for their investment
  • The community wants a city hall that is durable, adaptable, functional and efficient
  • They want a building able to withstand coastal conditions and that is resilient in the event of an earthquake
  • Matching the unique culture and norms of the community
  • Being environmentally sustainable

City council is committed to incorporating these themes as it implements all phases of the city hall project.

Together, we will build a city hall that:

  •  Reflects the culture and diverse values of our community
  • Creates an inspiring workspace for our staff
  • Provides for user-friendly, efficient customer service
  • Embraces innovation

Facts About the City Hall Plaza Project

  • Underhill Plaza
    • New City Hall will be located at Underhill Plaza (corner of Manzanita St and
      Division) just west of Fresh Foods
    • Underhill plaza property purchased in 2017
    • 2.67 acre parcel (only a small part will be used for the City Hall)
  • Old City Hall on Laneda
    • Extensive mold issue-unsafe working conditions, employees were made ill
    • General consensus is that building in such bad shape it would need to be torn
      down and City Hall rebuilt
    • Old City Hall Property for sale
    • Old City Hall was too small, and even before mold was discovered., Council was planning a new and safe city hall out of the evacuation zone
  • Current Temporary City Hall location
    • One third the space of old city hall, which was already too small
    • Moved to current space 2/2020
  • Resolution 20-21 passed 8/2020 (on Manzanita website under Manzanita Listens)
    • New City Hall will be built on Underhill plaza
    • City hall will include space for administration and public safety (police)
    • Out of tsunami evacuation zone
    • Build new building
    • No decision on Quonset hut
  • No decisions have been made on
    • Size of the new City Hall
    • Design
    • No architect chosen
  • Reporting of public input: all results posted on website Manzanita Listens: City Hall
    Project/Reported at Council meetings. Timeline:
    • January 6th Survey Results reported
    • February 3rd Focus Group Results reported
    • April 7th Public meeting results will be reported


  • Size of new City Hall will be decided as we move forward
    • Plan can call for scalability
  • New City Hall hopes:
    • Safer, Better and more efficient
    • Sustainable
    • Point of pride for the community
    • Consolidation of Administration and Public Safety (police) in one building
    • Provide a safe place for staff to work
    • Efficient, durable, functional, and sustainable
  • Goal of upcoming Council meetings
    • Determine sense of quality, cost and durability
    • Explore funding options and determine total funding available for the project
    • Develop process to hire a Project Manager and an architect to start the
      conversation about design and functionality
  • On the building concepts, each of the options can be further customized to get the final
    building design you want. Quality and durability of materials, sustainability features and
    the size of the building will be the main elements that will vary and that will affect the
    cost of the project. Options B and C are the most flexible as they are custom designed (see below).

Response to Will Stone Petition

Copy of the written speech used for the response given
by City Council President Linda Kozlowski
at the 9/8/21 Manzanita City Council Meeting

Manzanita Listens Research Team
Final report

81 page report of the data collected at public meetings, surveys, and other topics.

Manzanita Listens Summary Report

Summary of the project and results so far. 
Prepared by Dr Margaret Banyan

Manzanita Listens
Public Meeting Report

Summary of information gathered during the public meeting period.
Prepared by Dr Margaret Banyan

City Hall Plaza
Funding Options

Presentation of funding options.
Prepared by interim City Manager John Kunkle

Timelines & Next Steps

Underhill Plaza: Existing Conditions

The following presentation shows images and
descriptions of the state of the current underhill plaza structures.



Project Management and Owner Representative Services for the Manzanita City Hall Project
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