Written by Phil Cerroni
The City of Coppell is opening a one-stop development and property improvement resource center designed to meet the needs of citizens seeking to make property improvements and potential development partners bringing new business to the city. Beginning March 4, the Engineering, Planning, and Building Inspection Departments will relocate to 265 E. Parkway Blvd., adjacent to the Coppell Town Center (City Hall). Placing these three departments in the same facility aids the City with providing a higher level of service to citizens and business partners who need assistance regarding anything related to the development, permitting and code compliance processes.
The departments will begin moving Feb. 28 while still remaining operational. Regular business will resume for the departments on March 4. The move will provide development services with 12,000 square-feet of space where all relevant approvals can be provided at one convenient location.
Currently, Engineering and Planning are located in Town Center. Building Inspections is located at 500 Southwestern Blvd.
“Having the departments separated in the current situation makes it hard on people who need to work with all three departments,” stated director of Engineering and Public Works, Ken Griffin. “Moving these three critical entities onto the Town Center campus will make it much easier for developers to take care of business with the City.”
Working as a team, staff will be able to provide a more coordinated, streamlined and customer-friendly approach when launching development projects in Coppell.
The building at 265 E. Parkway will eventually house Fire Administration, which is now located at 500 Southwestern Blvd. Parks and Recreation Administration will move to Town Center at 255 E. Parkway Blvd.
“The goal is to have all of our administrative offices on the Town Center campus,” said city manager Clay Phillips. “Moving Fire, Building Inspections, and Parks to this campus accomplishes this goal. The consolidation of administrative offices in a central area will not only enable staff to work much closer, it will also allow citizens and the business community the opportunity to come to the Town Center campus for all municipal services.”
Once the moves are complete, the City expects to sell the Southwestern Boulevard building.
Source: City of Coppell