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Phase Two of Reorganizing City Departments Begins Friday

Annapolis, MD (7-31-12) As part of his ongoing commitment to making City Hall more user-friendly and efficient, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces phase two of the office relocations will begin Friday, August 3.

The purpose of the move is to create a “one-stop shop” by co-locating all permitting, inspections, Fire Marshal and planning and zoning functions on one floor.  This move will trigger a domino effect of moving several other offices in phases. 

The Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP) will close at noon on Friday, August 3 and will have disruption of phone and computer service until they complete their relocation to 145 Gorman Street, 3rd floor, at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday August 7.  While office staff will make every attempt to check emails and return calls, the public's patience during this move is appreciated.

The first phase of relocation began on February 8 and included moving the Office of Law and the City Clerk’s office from the third floor of 145 Gorman Street to 93 Main Street. The City is now moving DNEP, which handles most inspection and permitting functions, from the second floor of City Hall to the space vacated by the Office of Law and City Clerk’s office.  DNEP’s new home will be on the same floor as the Office of Planning and Zoning, which will also be the new home for the Fire Marshal’s office, currently located at the Forest Drive Fire Station.  The Department of Public Works will remain on the second floor of the Gorman building.

The next phase, scheduled for October, includes moving the Mayor’s Office and the City Manager to the second floor of City Hall into DNEP’s old office space.  

The final phase, anticipated to take place in December 2012, involves the Office of Law moving back into City Hall in the space vacated on the first floor by the mayor and city manager.