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Two Future of City Hall Workshops This Week

Blog Post - June 13, 2018

Category: What's New

The City of Carlsbad wants to know what community members would like to see in a new city hall and civic center, which the city been saving for and will be ready to start building in 2023. Two important workshops take place this week regarding the future of the Carlsbad City Hall. The City of Carlsbad currently operates out of a number of buildings spread across our 39 square mile city. Many are old and no longer meet the needs of the workforce or the community. Plus having so many locations creates operational inefficiencies and is confusing for the public. That’s why the City Council has made it a goal to build a new city hall. The workshops are listed below as well as information for an online survey starting July 1.

Community Workshops
Thursday, June 21
6 to 8 p.m.
City of Carlsbad
1635 Faraday Ave.

Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. to noon
Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Ave.

The Project 

A new city hall would consolidate the main administrative functions of the city into one location and provide meeting rooms and other spaces to accommodate city business, including the City Council chamber.

Because we’re building a new city hall, there is an opportunity to add new public gathering spaces as part of the design, to increase the sense of community in our city. These could include parkland, event space, recreation areas, an art venue or a library.

Project Funding

The city has set aside money from developer fees for many years, and this money can only be used for a new city hall. The city hall project won’t raise taxes, and the city will not have to borrow money to build it. Depending on what else is included with the project the city would develop a funding plan for those additional elements.

What Would You Like Included?

Future workforce trends and operational needs will help shape the city administrative building(s) that make up a new city hall, but the other potential uses have not been defined.

That’s where you come in. We’d like to know what you would like to see in a future civic center. In the coming months, we’ll be asking the community to weigh in on this project by asking questions like:

  • How could the city support its core values with community spaces, activities and amenities as part of a city hall project?
  • What types of public spaces and activities would you like to see more of in Carlsbad?
  • When you are out and about in Carlsbad, where and when do you most feel the greatest sense of community?
  • What do you most like in existing spaces in Carlsbad that should be considered in creating new spaces? What do you dislike that should be avoided?

Tell Us What You Think

The city needs your input on the above questions to help identify the best location for the new city hall and civic center. Here's how you can weigh in on the project: 

Community Workshops

  • Thursday, June 21, 6 to 8 p.m., City of Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave.
  • Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to noon, City of Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. 

Give Input Online

    Potential Locations

    Based on the city’s needs for its administrative functions and the community’s ideas for a future civic center, the city will select the best site from among four city-owned properties that have been identified as potential locations:

    1. Existing city hall location (including Cole Library, the community garden and adjacent vacant lots
    2. Western parking lot of Senior Center/Pine Avenue Community Park (would include underground parking that could be shared with the Village and Barrio on nights and weekends)
    3. Current location of city’s Faraday Administration Center plus the vacant lot next door
    4. Former Farmers Insurance building at the corner of El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue (closest to the geographic center of the city)


    • Spring/Summer 2018: Technical research and public input
    • Fall 2018: Conceptual site plans and initial cost estimates for each site
    • Spring 2019: City Council selects the preferred site
    • Winter 2023: City breaks ground on new city hall

    More Information

    Contact project manager Curtis Jackson,, 760-434-2836