By Ann Marie Shambaugh
Zionsville officials gathered Aug. 25 to break ground on the new Town Hall building, which will be built directly behind the current one.
The $10.2 million, 42,600-square-foot facility will house the mayor’s office, fire administration and the planning, finance and technology departments. It will also provide public meeting spaces, a community room and have an outdoor plaza that connects to the Rail Trail.
“Today marks the ceremonial beginning of our new physical building, but it really is a milestone showing the great growth and success of Zionsville,” Mayor Tim Haak said at the groundbreaking. “We believe the new town hall will be a source of great pride for this community.”
Town hall is currently housed in an aging former church building. Officials considered renovating it but determined it would not be worth the expense. The current town hall is expected to be demolished to make way for commercial development.
“While being in a refurbished 45-year-old church served the needs of the community at the time, it quickly became apparent that the town needed a building for the future,” Haak said, adding that the new town hall should meet Zionsville’s needs for the next 75 years.
CSO Architects designed the new town hall, and it will be constructed by Zionsville-based RLTurner Corporation, which also assisted with preparing the current town hall when officials moved in.
The new town hall is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017.