The demolition of Rehoboth Beach’s 50-year-old city hall took place earlier this month. Since the project was announced in Nov. 2012, there has been frequent changes. Here are the developments in the construction of the new Rehoboth Beach City Hall:
- The new city hall project was announced to be less expensive than initially thought in Nov. of 2012—projections for the cost of construction decreased from $20 million to $13.5 million.
- In April 2014, new plans were announced for a city hall that would have cost $17 million, an increase from the projected $13.5 million that came in Nov. of 2012.
- The proposed construction plan was first up for approval in Sept. 2014. The project proved to be controversial at the time.
- “I just think that the current commissioners and the mayor are taking a very foolish approach towards the issues that are there and I think they could be much smarter because they’re supposed to be stewards of our town and tax dollars and I really think they’re wasting our money,” Tom McGlone said, who was a mayoral candidate that year.
- The city hall was not approved for construction until June 2015. Voters approved the project for a cost of $18 million, another price increase after the project was projected to be $17 million in April 2014. At the time of the vote, city officials’ goal for the project was to begin construction on the new city hall in 2016 and finish in 2017.
- In Nov. of 2015, the city of Rehoboth Beach removed all recycling bins within the city due to make room for the construction of the new city hall.
- In Jan. 2016, the city of Rehoboth Beach announced that the construction project was $2 million over budget. This pushed the project’s projected costs back up to $20 million, which was the original cost of the project when city officials announced the cost had been cut to $13.5 million. Rehoboth Beach City Manager, Sharon Lynn, said the price increase was due to construction companies dropping out of bidding on construction, which left the city with fewer options.
- Earlier this month, the old Rehoboth Beach City Hall building was torn down to prepare for construction of the new building. The old Rehoboth Beach City Hall was built in 1964 and served for the city for 51 years.