Report: Town to Lease Old City Hall for $1 to Startups

Murrieta, Calif., is hoping its offer will retain local businesses.

by / February 13, 2012
Murrieta, Calif. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

For years, cities and states have offered tax breaks and other incentives to retain and attract high-tech businesses. Murrieta, Calif., is taking the concept a step further.

According to local reports on Monday, Feb. 13, officials plan to lease out Murrieta’s old City Hall building to local tech startups in the hope they won’t flee north to Los Angeles or south to San Diego.

The cost of the lease? A buck. The businesses will only have to pay their utility costs.

According to The Press-Enterprise newspaper, the city is seeking three or four startups to occupy the old building, and the city will spend $10,000 from a capital improvement fund to modernize the facility.

The plan is a part of Murrieta’s economic development strategy, officials said. Murrieta opened a new $13.5 million City Hall in 2008, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Murrieta, located in Riverside County, is home to more than 100,000 people.

To read more about Murrieta’s creative plan, read the The Press-Enterprise’s story here.