Chubbuck City Hall on schedule for July opening; landscaping may take a little longer
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CHUBBUCK — While a week of spring snow created some difficulties, the new Chubbuck City Hall remains on schedule for a mid-July opening.
“The only part, schedule-wise, that’s caused us concern, but we’re not super-worried about it, is the site work and the landscaping,” Pocatello Public Works Director Rodney Burch told EastIdahoNew.com. “So we’re grateful for, I’m going to call it an early spring. We didn’t like that snowstorm that we had every day for a week.”
Despite the snow, CM Company, Inc., the construction management firm responsible for the development, experienced little slowdown, according to regional manager Garrett Goldade.
Goldade and his crew are currently laying infrastructure and “flooding” the ceiling grid while the interior finishing is being completed.
Trenches are being dug to supply water, gas and electricity to the site. And lights, smoke detectors and HVAC ductwork and vents are being installed. It is an exciting benchmark for Burch, who explained that there are new things to look at every time he makes a weekly visit.
Because of the progress, Burch was able to provide EastIdahoNews.com with a more detailed tour of the interior of the building, including the views from the mayor’s office space.
In the video above, wood paneling can be seen near the main entrance. This paneling will be applied as an accent throughout the interior of city hall. The polished cable design of the railing on the stairs near the paneling will span the entire stairwell on both sides, as well as the catwalk overlooking the entryway.
While finishing has begun on the interior, work has gotten underway on the exterior, including the grading and paving of Chubbuck’s two new roads — Kinport Crossing and Scout Mountain Way.
“Within the next week or two, that will all start,” Burch said of the road development. “It likely doesn’t finish out until about that mid-June deadline.”
With landscaping being the only holdup so far, Burch explained the city would be willing to move into the new city hall and begin operations at the new site while landscaping is being complete. But that is “not a preference,” he said.
Part of the area surrounding the city hall building is broken into pads for businesses, as part of the city’s plan for a city center. Development and assignment of those pads is a process, handled by the Chubbuck Development Authority, that is set to begin in the near future, with completion by the end of 2022. The pads will be designed to specifications laid out by the city, matching the surrounding development. And businesses will be offered a chance to bid on a lease.
City officials remain optimistic that the building itself, without the landscaping, will be complete in time for Independence Day.