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New San Ramon City Hall opening for business

State-of-the-art complex completed at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road

The new San Ramon City Hall is scheduled to open for business at 8:30 a.m. this Wednesday at the heart of Bollinger Canyon Road.

The contemporary, two-story, 45,000-square-foot building with a large council chambers, public meeting rooms, offices and a large lobby is located adjacent to Central Park and near the site of the planned City Center at Bishop Ranch retail complex.

"It's a wonderful day for San Ramon," Mayor Bill Clarkson said in an email Tuesday, the last day of move-in for city staff. "The residents have a new City Hall that reflects the dynamic nature of the community; a modern, state-of-the-art building that is open, accessible and user-friendly."

The $15 million project built with Sunset Development as general contractor sits at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road. It replaces the one-story office complex on the 2200 block of Camino Ramon that housed City Hall and city offices since the mid-1980s.

"Leaving the old City Hall was more nostalgic than sad. Lots of memories from the last 30 years of community involvement," Clarkson said, reflecting on the former City Hall.

The mayor described the new facility as "a comfortable and convenient setting for community events and public meetings."

"And it is in the center of the emerging, pedestrian-friendly, City Center complex of Central Park, the Iron Horse Trail, the new library and soon to be built City Center," he added.

Though the new City Hall is opening for regular business Wednesday, the city's ceremonial grand-opening event isn't scheduled to occur for another couple weeks.

The ceremony runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14. The City Council's first public meeting on-site is set for May 10.

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