The new Panama City city hall on Harrison Avenue is open for business and as crews wrap up the finishing touches on the new building, the city found they aren’t going to spend all the money they anticipated.
The city is not spending $550,000 of the allocated amount in its budget. The new 60,000 square foot city hall cost $16 million. It houses more than 100 employees and nearly all city departments. It opened at the beginning of February after a few months of delays due to Hurricane Michael.
“The city is essentially getting back or not spending $550,000 that they thought they were going to spend on city hall,” said Panama City attorney Cliff Higby.
The city is also in the middle of a lawsuit with ZHA, who they hired as an owners representative for the project but terminated their contract in October. They predict more money from the lawsuit may be on the way.