Renovations continue as Omni Building turns into Citizens Tower - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Renovations continue as Omni Building turns into Citizens Tower

Old Omni Building in downtown Lubbock (Source: KCBD Video) Old Omni Building in downtown Lubbock (Source: KCBD Video)
Inside of the Citizens Tower (Source: KCBD Video) Inside of the Citizens Tower (Source: KCBD Video)
Citizens Tower (Source: KCBD Video) Citizens Tower (Source: KCBD Video)
Breakdown of costs for Citizens Tower Breakdown of costs for Citizens Tower
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Renovations continue at the Omni Building, long considered an eyesore in downtown Lubbock.

After two years, the City of Lubbock tells us they are making strides in the right direction.

The city hosted a tour of the building on Monday, to show just how far they've come.

The City of Lubbock is renovating the building, planning to house city offices.

City council purchased the building for $1.2 million back in November 2014.

"When we bought the building, there was a lot of criticism about it," says Latrelle Joy, councilwoman for district 6. "But, in order to further downtown redevelopment and to remove this eyesore, which is what it has been for a number of years, we felt that it was in the best interest of the entire city, not just downtown, but the entire city."

She still feels that the council made the right decision.

"I haven't changed my mind," she says. "I think it's going to be a great place for the citizens of Lubbock."

Nearly two years later, the city's director of facilities, Wes Everett, tells us the asbestos abatement is taken care of and demolition is still underway.

"One of the things that has been hard to see from the outside, is we've never stopped," he says. "From day one, when we were first able to acquire the facility, we started doing what we could to get us to the next step, to get it to the point where we can have construction right on schedule."

So, how many of your tax dollars are being spent on this project?

"The entire budget for this project is $60 million, as of right now, that is coming in on budget and we intend to keep it there," says Steve Massengale, councilman for District 4.

The building has been renamed to Citizens Tower.

"This is going to be their building when it's all said and done," he says. "We are making every effort to ensure this is going to be a customer friendly facility from parking all the way to the interaction with city departments."

Everett says they just keep moving forward to complete the renovation.

"We have been diligently working on this project to make sure it's successful, it goes forward," he explains. "We're excited about this to be able to be a better way that we're going to serve the public and to be able to more efficiently serve the public."

The city tells us they expect construction to be completed by the end of 2018 and hope to move in by early 2019.

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