Renovation of the City & County Community Services Complex was substantially completed at the end of February 2010. In March, the building was renamed the Touber Building in honor of long-time mayor, Ed Touber.
The building now houses City Hall and the Police Department along with the Council Chambers / Municipal Court. City staff moved into the new building in March.
The last 10-year capital plan included a new police headquarters and city hall at a cost of $2.5 million in 2011. Early in 2008, the City was presented with the opportunity to purchase the historic Denver & Rio Grand Railroad hospital along with a section of river front property as tenants in common with Chaffee County. The cost was much lower per square foot than it would cost to build a new facility and the total cost, net of grant revenue, is less than originally anticipated in the 10-year capital plan.
This project accelerated the timing of a significant capital expense and lease obligation but provides the City with needed space and room for future growth. The project has been an excellent opportunity to collaborate with Chaffee County and a number of other agencies. The 2010 capital budget includes $513,000 in final renovation costs, offset by $227,000 in grant and contribution revenue.