By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
The doors are open to the new La Habra Civic Center.
The $22.5 million project, which includes the remodel and relocation of the city hall, addition to the community center, enhancements to the Legion Hall and upgrades to the police station, is nearly complete, but the doors are open for operation.
City staff spent the last weekend moving equipment and setting up computer systems in the new two-story facility.
City Council held its meeting Monday in the new council chambers prior to the civic center opening.
The landscaping, outdoor lighting and water fixtures still need to be finished for the hall to be complete, but City Manager Jim Sadro said it was time to move in.
Sadro and Roy Ramsland, city planning manager, said that while it was created for city operations, like other city halls, this one had designs that made it more distinctly La Habra.
The vaulted, exposed wood-beam ceilings in the main civic center help make the building more inviting, according to Sadro.
The size of the civic center will allow for more use aside from city business.
The Chamber of Commerce will host the annual State of the Community event inside the new civic center.
“The space will allow this building to truly be a public building,” said Rob Ferrier, assistant to the city manager.
While the city departments are operational, the US Post Office will be operational at the new location on the southeast corner of the civic center by late March.
A formal ribbon cutting is set for the first week of April. For some photos of the new center see Page 4.