On Monday Rockville’s mayor and council voted in favor of renovating the first floor of the City Hall, a move that officials said will save the city money.
The project will move a city recreation and parks division and a public works division from rented space in the Rockville Town Center into the renovated area at City Hall where the rest of each department’s staff works.
Councilmember Tom Moore, who called the renovation “badly needed,” said the move will save money for taxpayers.
“This renovation will allow us to move two city divisions out of leased space and back under one roof, which will be terrific savings for taxpayers,” Moore said.
The city awarded the renovation contract to Baltimore-based Tito Contractors, Inc. Total funding for the project is $316, 298, which includes the contract along with moving and technology installation fees. According to the recreation and parks department, the funding will come from Rockville’s fiscal 2014 budget.
Other features in addition to office and space renovations will include bathroom upgrades, a counter with a sink and storage space.
Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton also said the project will save money and she hopes future renovations will be added to City Hall.
“Going forward, I hope to have a holistic discussion in the city about the future of our aging City Hall and the options available and reasonable,” Newton said.