Strengthening Civic Identity Through Developing a New City Hall

To better respond to the needs of its residents, East Palo Alto plans to build a new city hall that will give the relatively young city an identity, and establish a central hub for agencies that are currently spread out in repurposed municipal buildings and leased spaces.

Working alongside city staff, FUSE executive fellow Jerry Chang will identify potential sites for the new building and design a plan for raising funds to build it. He will assess existing municipal facilities with an eye toward considering various organizations’ needs for the next 20 years. Jerry will develop a cost proposal and comparison of financing options. In the long run, East Palo Alto aims to bolster civic pride and improve resident access to its services and elected officials.