City Council Chamber Slated for Demolition, Final Council Meeting There Tuesday

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Tuesday night will be the final time Arlington City Council holds its evening meeting in the City Council Chamber.

The Chamber will be demolished this summer as part of the new $30 million George W. Hawkes Central Library construction project. In addition to an 80,000-square-foot library, which will be located north of City Hall, the City is building a 6,500-square-foot facility for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, library programming and other public meeting space needs. The new meeting space facility will better meet the City’s accessibility and technology needs. Arlington City Hall was built in 1980.

At the conclusion of the May 24 evening council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and City Council members are scheduled to make remarks during a brief ceremony to commemorate the final meeting in the Chamber. The Arlington Police and Fire Department Honor Guards will retire the flags and Williams will gavel out the meeting.

Until the new facility opens, all future Arlington City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission evening meetings will be held in the City Council Briefing Room on the 3rd Floor of Arlington City Hall, located at 101 W. Abram St.

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4 thoughts on “City Council Chamber Slated for Demolition, Final Council Meeting There Tuesday”

  1. I notice in the above article that it is stated that better accessibility and technology is in the plans for the new building. I do hope that the plans include better accessibility for hearing impaired people. The time to do something to benefit hearing impaired people is when construction is going on. A hearing loop can easily be installed at that time and it would be of great benefit to people who have trouble hearing. Most hearing aids have a telecoil in them and with just a push of a button on the hearing aid anything said in the microphone is streamed directly to each person’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. Please consider this most beneficial addition. Many people who are hard of hearing will thank you!

    1. Thank you for the recommendation. Making our new Community Room and Central Library accessible and user friendly to everyone is a top priority for the City. We appreciate your suggestion and wanted to let you know that it is being passed on to the committee that is working on this project for their consideration. Thank you.

      1. Thank you so much for consideration of this very important feature for hearing impaired people. I have information on telecoils and loopinp for anyone that would like more detailed information.

  2. …good riddance as this building held many sad meetings with people begging NOT to be fracked in their own homes and neighborhoods1

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