Centennial Hall's remodeled meeting room will be used for the first time by the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners on April 3, says county spokesman Dave Rose.
The remodel is part of a bigger project at the building, 200 S. Cascade Ave., into which the commissioners moved in January. The building, formerly used by the Clerk and Recorder's Office, now houses the county attorney's office, budget, administration, and purchasing.
Once open for business, the room will be used quite a bit, if requests are any indication, Rose says.
"I couldn't believe the number of inquiries," he says. Besides requests from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments for a wine-and-cheese reception, and El Paso County Public Health, which wants to show a film on childhood obesity, Rose has gotten requests from non-governmental agencies as well.
There's no fee schedule set up yet, but Rose is advocating for one. "I'm asking [commissioners] to charge enough of a fee to cover the overtime cost of a security guy and someone from my staff to run the audio-visual equipment," he says.
Centennial Hall's makeover is part of a $55 million facilities overhaul that included the acquisition of the former Intel building at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road in 2010 and relocation of most county offices there last year. That building now is called the Citizens Service Center. Next, the sheriff's office will move into the County Administration Building, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., recently vacated by commissioners and the others now occupying Centennial Hall.