Finding a new home: Old Family Dollar to become new city hall

The left photo is a prototype rendering of what the new Santa Rosa City Hall could look like. Currently area architects are drawing up ideas for the city to choose from. The left part of the building was the former Family Dollar that closed down more than a year ago.

SANTA ROSA — The old Family Dollar may soon become the city’s new center for administrative offices.

“This is a pretty good indication of what we’ve been able to accomplish in 2015,” said Chris Lopez, city administrator.

After negotiating back-and-forth with the owners of the building for seven months, the Hutton group out of Tennessee finally agreed to a deal with the city.

The city entered a contract to pay $1,400 a month over the next 15 years to buy the building.

Lopez said the city made a down payment of $25,000 and will begin making monthly payments for the facility in October 2016.

The original asking price of the building was $600,000 before the city entered the contract to buy it for an estimated $250,000.

The building is expected to become a one-stop location for city business.

The 13,000-square-foot building will house the city administration, city police, municipal court and utilities office.

“We’re happy about it and the community is happy about it,” Lopez said. “The realty group is very generous in their approach in the deal.”

It appears to be a win-win for all involved.

The Family Dollar building has been vacant for more than a year.

The store closed it doors after having to compete with Dollar General, which also moved into town.

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