Johns Creek sets timeline for city hall move

Map depicts the two-step process for moving the Johns Creek City Hall — first, to a temporary facility (in red) at 10700 Abbotts Road this fall, and then, to a new city hall (in blue) at 11360 Lakefield Drive after renovations are completed. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK
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Map depicts the two-step process for moving the Johns Creek City Hall — first, to a temporary facility (in red) at 10700 Abbotts Road this fall, and then, to a new city hall (in blue) at 11360 Lakefield Drive after renovations are completed. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK

Johns Creek has opted for a two-step process for moving city hall, vacating its present offices for temporary quarters elsewhere this fall while its new city hall is being renovated.

The city council this week decided to have city administration vacate the 12000 Findley Road building when the lease expires Sept. 30, and move to a less expensive facility at 10700 Abbotts Bridge Road, officials said.

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Council and other public meetings will be held in the courtroom of the police department building at 11445 Johns Creek Parkway. The police and court will stay put until the new city hall at 11360 Lakefield Drive is ready after 12 to 18 months of renovations. Eventually all departments will move there.

The city was able to accelerate its move after a tenant in the Lakefield Drive building, Movious Interactive Corp., agreed to terminate its lease by Aug. 1, ahead of its 2019 expiration. Movious will pay the city $1.4 million to end its lease early, and the city will compensate the tenant up to $100,000 in moving and transition costs.

The two-step move should result in net savings to the city of $150,000 to $650,000, depending on when the new city hall is ready, officials said.