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Stockton May Move City Hall

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 11, 2013

Stockton is looking for office space if it decides to abandon City Hall, which is just shy of 90 years old.

The city had purchased, and planned to move into, the downtown former Chase Bank Building, but that property is in foreclosure due to bankruptcy.

Vice Mayor Paul Canepa says renovating the old City Hall may not be an option.

"The state of city hall is that is needs a lot of upgrades from years of neglect, that is one of the biggest questions as far as what it costs to retro fit and fix it up," Canepa said.

The offices of the mayor, city manager and city clerk are located at city hall, and the city needs at least 22,000 square feet of office space.

Developer Dan Cort is among those making an offer to the city, saying it's vital to keep city offices downtown.

"We need the city to fulfill its commitment to be in the core and so we put together what we feel is a wonderful opportunity for them," Cort said.

Stockton is also looking at other option, including some of its own properties and offers from other property owners.

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