Eastvale closes in on potential spot for new city hall
By Imran Ghori
Eastvale may be closer to finding a site for a civic center that would include a city hall and library.
The City Council earlier this month authorized negotiations for property at 7270 Hamner Ave. that’s owned by Lewis Land Developers.
A commercial real estate web site lists the vacant 23-acre parcel as being zoned for a mix of commercial and real estate.
City Manager Michele Nissen said the city would be looking to acquire only a portion of it. The council is seeking a minimum of 5 acres, she said.
The city’s choices for a site have narrowed as more building occurs in Eastvale, she said.
“Right now the main objective is to find a piece of land before all of our options are gone,” Nissen said.
Constructing a city hall building has long been a goal of city leaders since Eastvale became a city in 2010. Today, city hall is in leased space at a Limonite Avenue shopping center.
The city had planned to build a two-story building on another site — a 1.6-acre parcel on Hamner Avenue next to one of its fire stations.
But during workshops in 2015, residents asked if the new building would include space for a library. Residents now share a library at Roosevelt High School that can fit only 60 people.
Since then, officials have been looking for a larger piece of land that would accommodate a library and serve the city for years, City Councilman Clint Lorimore said.
“We have a populace that not only deserves, but expects, a library,” he said.
The council has set aside $3 million in a capital improvement budget for the project, he said. Lorimore said combining the two projects should result in savings.
“We as a council have been looking to do this for a while,” he said. “We’d like to move as quickly as possible.”