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Posted on: August 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Council approves sale of old City Hall, Public Works buildings

Old City Hall and Public Works building

Boerne City Council approved the sale of the old City Hall and the Public Works buildings in two separate 5-0 votes at the August 8, 2023, meeting.

Old City Hall

Council approved the sale of the old City Hall (402 E. Blanco Rd.) to Ridan, Inc. for the list price of $2.5 million. The sale will enter a 60-day contingency period before the closing date.

City Council was presented with three offers for the building, all at full asking price, and selected Ridan, Inc. who has proposed converting the former municipal building into a boutique hotel.

The sale includes 2.49 acres and 10,850 square feet of space, which includes the two-story old City Hall and the 1874 schoolhouse directly behind it.

Built in 1910, the two-story building served as a school until the City of Boerne bought it from Boerne ISD in 1951 to serve as the City Hall. The building’s interior was remodeled several times over the years to accommodate a growing City staff. Also included in the sale is the 1874 two-room stone schoolhouse directly behind the old City Hall. The City of Boerne used both buildings before moving to the new City Hall in 2020.

Public Works Building

Council also approved the sale of the former Public Works building (400 E. Blanco Road) to Kendall County for $1,846,000 to assist them in their space limitations around the courthouse complex. The sale includes 1.27 acres and the 7,390-square-foot Public Works building. Also included in the sale are the Kuhlmann-King House and the Graham Building, both of which are Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks.

Built in the mid-1960s, the building served as the community’s library and was dedicated in April 1967. The City of Boerne took over the building and library operations in 1977 and later moved the library to the old Dienger Building in 1991. The building was then used as the headquarters for the Boerne Police Department until their new facility opened in 2010.

Lastly, the City of Boerne utilized the building to house offices for Utilities and Development Services staff before the move to the new City Hall building in 2020. We appreciate being able to work with our partners at Kendall County and are glad the building will continue to serve the public and our community. 

All buildings are within the City of Boerne's protected Historic District and subject to all regulations under the current ordinances. 

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