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1 year after demolition, new city hall locations almost complete

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas -- On April 14, 2013, the demolition of the city of El Paso's 10-story city hall building rocked the city as plumes of smoke filled the air.

The building was demolished to make room for the new baseball stadium, now known as Southwest University Park.

One year later, some of the new locations for city hall are still under renovation.

The different city hall locations include the executive building, John Mulligan building, the Texas Development Center, and One Stop Shop.

The executive building and the John Mulligan building are located on Campbell Street while the Texas Development Center and One Stop Shop are on Texas Avenue.

"I think these buildings all together as a campus create a great footprint," said Scott Gilliland, an architect for the city of El Paso.

Gilliland said the city spent just under its $11.5 million budget to renovate the John Mulligan building.

"The challenge to the design architect, was to convert this building into city offices and using this structural footprint that we had," Gilliland said.

The city has already begun moving staff into the Mulligan building, which includes different departments such as engineering, IT, human resources, and mail operations.

Over on Texas Street, renovations are still being done on the Texas Development Center.

The architect said the departments that will move in include planning, building, and the inspections administration division.

Gilliland said all buildings will be fully wired with new technology.

"All of the areas conferencing and meeting rooms are all wired up together so they'll be able to interface and connect and be able to be managed by staff," said Gilliland.

Gilliland said parking will be similar to the old city hall.

He said employees and visitors can park at meters and lots nearby.

Gilliland said all locations of city hall will be ready to serve the public in about two months.