Planning, Economic Development, and Community Development Offices to Relocate Starting Wednesday, November 6
New Offices at 245 N. Rose Street Will Open Tuesday, November 12. All City Offices are closed on Monday, November 11 for the observance of Veteran’s Day.
The City of Kalamazoo’s Planning, Economic Development, and Community Development offices will be relocating to downtown Kalamazoo starting Wednesday, November 6. New offices will open at 245 N Rose Street Suite 100 on Tuesday, November 12.
The remaining divisions of Community Planning & Economic Development (Permitting, Code Administration, and Rental Registration) will move to the new location December 18. The Public Services personnel located at the Stockbridge Avenue facility will remain.
All phone numbers will remain the same, and city staff in these divisions will continue to be available to assist residents during the move.
Visitor parking is available at the new office location at the Arcadia Parking Ramp on Eleanor Street, on street surrounding the new address, and the Radisson Hotel Parking Ramp. A map of public parking downtown is available here.
This move is part of an effort to better utilize and maintain facilities owned by the City of Kalamazoo. A facilities study completed in 2019 examined all city-owned facilities, considering current and future needs for each city department, facility condition, and the most optimal way to utilize space. The study revealed that more space and rehabilitation were needed at the city’s 415 Stockbridge Avenue facility, which is shared by the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) and Public Services departments. Following the move of CPED offices, rehabilitation work will take place at the Stockbridge facility that would not be possible with staff present.
After considering cost, location, networking requirements, parking, and customer convenience, 245 N Rose Street was selected as the best option. The City Commission approved a five-year lease on August 19. Within the next five years, the Kalamazoo County District Court is expected to vacate the space that it leases at the City’s Crosstown Parkway facility, which may become the permanent location for CPED and other city offices.