Construction of a new city hall in Hutchins is expected to begin in April after voters approved a $10.7 million bond election to fund the project more than a year ago.

According to a state filing, the 21,000-square-foot building has an estimated construction cost of $13.5 million. The anticipated delivery date is May 2025.

Voters of the southern Dallas County community of about 6,400 approved the bond proposition in November 2022. Focus Daily News reported the new city hall will include a municipal court, finance and inspections departments, and the city secretary’s office, in addition to a community room.

“It will centralize government services, making it easier for residents to access what they need,” Mayor Mario Vasquez told Focus Daily News. “A new city hall will symbolize Hutchins’ commitment to progress and growth. It will boost morale, attract investment, and create a sense of pride among residents and businesses. The new city hall will also provide valuable community meeting space that citizens can use and enjoy.”

The community room will also be used for a variety of activities, he told the publication.

“It could host various events, from local club meetings to cultural gatherings and educational programs. This space will foster a sense of togetherness and provide a place for residents to connect, share ideas, and celebrate in our community.”

The property will be built on North JJ Lemon Road, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing shows. Dallas-based Brandstetter Carroll is listed as the design firm. In North Texas, its portfolio includes municipal construction in Allen and Denton.

Hitchens’ budget for the 2023-24 fiscal year is just over $11.7 million.