DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's moving day for dozens of city employees.
In a few months, the 106-year-old building that houses City Hall will undergo some much-needed repairs and renovations, but citizens should know how to access the city's many departments during the move.
Once the building is cleared, city officials expect the renovation will take up to 18 months. The move alone will cost about $1 million.
The overall budget will cost more than $5 million, but Mayor Frank Cownie says as with all renovations, he's preparing for unexpected expenses.
“We think we’ve got everything covered, but sometimes when you get in the midst of a project, you discover things that you would have never imagined,” Cownie said.
Getting the departments moved into different locations will take weeks. The first department, Human Resources, moved Thursday to the Armory Building at 602 Robert Ray Dr. The last department will be moved out of City Hall on May 10. Until then, council, boards and commission meetings will still take place at City Hall. Click here for a full list of public meeting locations during the City Hall move.
Depending on what service you need from the city, whether it be to pay a parking ticket or talk to an elected city official, you will have to go to different buildings across town.
Click here for a full-sized version of the map for the departments' new locations and parking information.
For more information, visit www.dmgov.org/move or call 515-283-4500.