Public Improvement Program
The City of Lancaster's Public Improvement Program is underway and making strides. With the goal of constructing and updating key City assets, upcoming projects include park improvements, City beautification, the revitalization of Jane Reynolds Park and installation of Lancaster's very first skate park, the modernization of Lancaster City Hall, as well as City Maintenance Yard enhancements. These projects are built upon the momentum of the past 5 years and investment of $5 million dollars into parks and other city facilities.
Previous improvements include: the renovation of Eastside Pool; upgrades to the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC); a new splash pad and playground equipment at Tierra Bonita Park; a new concession area and revitalization of the batting cages at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park; expansion of the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve and renovation of the Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center; the renovation of El Dorado Park Preschool; new seating at the Lancaster Municipal Stadium; accessibility upgrades to multiple facilities; new exercise equipment at multiple facilities; investments into infrastructure and more.
What's to Come: Modern Enhancements, Improved Service
In 2018 the City of Lancaster began discussions focused on the deferred maintenance needs of its aging facilities. Understanding those needs, the organization worked towards securing a bond to continue the modernization and improvement of multiple City facilities as well as additional community beautification projects. In November 2018, the Lancaster City Council approved the issuance of $15 million in Lease Revenue Bonds, which are planned to additionally fund the public improvement program. For more details on these exciting endeavors, you may read the staff report here.
The City of Lancaster has reached a pivotal moment in its evolution, in which the organization must make the appropriate investments in the care and maintenance of its facilities to protect City assets long-term, and minimize the need for even bigger investments later. As such, the modernization of Lancaster City Hall will result in:
- Better customer service
- Improved safety and security for visitors and staff
- Better accessibility for those with disabilities
- Modern technologies
- Updated infrastructure
- Improved energy efficiency
- And, enhanced aesthetics
What You Should Know
- Renovation of Lancaster City Hall is scheduled to begin Fall 2019.
- During construction, City staff will be temporarily relocated, which will impact which counter residents and business owners receive service from. Check back here to see where City Hall services and activities will occur during construction.
- We focused on a phased approach to ensure services provided are minimal impacted, therefore, expected completion for City Hall renovations is within 1.5 years.
Thank you for your patience during construction!
The Evolution of Lancaster City Hall
In 1984, Lancaster City Hall was established, prior to which City business was conducted in various building throughout Lancaster. Originally, City Hall was only the size of what is now known as the south end of the current building, which dates back to the 1950s and was previously occupied by Edison. In 1989, City Hall expanded to what we know today. In an effort to continue to provide and exceed the level of customer service expected by Lancaster residents and business owners, the City of Lancaster has identified the need for the modernization of Lancaster City Hall.