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Orinda offers city hall space to fire district

By Jonathan Morales
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 10:36 am in Moraga, Orinda.

I was not at last night’s Orinda City Council meeting so I missed their report out of closed session regarding potentially leasing space to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District for the district’s administrative staff. The city sent word this morning that the council directed City Manager Janet Keeter to negotiate with the district on a 10-year lease for 2,714 square feet on the top floor of City Hall for $66,792 annually, with increases for inflation. The rent would include use of the Orinda Library auditorium for board meetings and six parking spaces. Fees for other commonly-used spaces would be extra.

Council members said they are willing to discuss different office configurations with the district, and that’s probably a good thing. Fire Chief Randy Bradley has said the district would need about 4,700 square feet for its administrative staff (although that estimate includes space for a board room and other amenities that likely would be shared at city hall).

The fire board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at 1280 Moraga Way in Moraga to discuss the city’s offer, as well as the option of purchasing a two-story office building for $1.1 million. That building, at 1150 Moraga Way, needs as much as $1 million in improvements, but has about twice as much space as the district needs, and Bradley estimates the district could lease the extra space for around $75,000 annually.

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