The $11 million tower for the public works ministry is just the first step. The central government plans to accommodate 11 public agencies in the same high-traffic area of Plaza Víquez.
That was reaffirmed Monday by the presidential news sheet GobiernoCR that is produced weekly at Casa Presidencial.
The report said that the area would be called Ciudad Gobierno.
These agencies are expected to relocate there, according to Casa Presidencial publication:
Ministerio de Planificación Nacional, Ministerio de Hacienda, Ministerio de Vivienda, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos, Instituto de Vivienda y Urbanismo, Ministerio de Educación Pública, Ministerio de Gobernación y Policía, Imprenta Nacional, Dirección de Migración y Extranjería, Dirección Nacional de Desarrollo Comunal and Dirección Nacional del Servicio Civil. Those are in addition to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, which already has awarded a contract for its prefabricated concrete tower.
The government said it plans to save 32 billion colons a year that it now pays in rents. That is about $60.6 million. The total project is expected to cost $300 million.
The government announcement said that putting the agencies all in one place will benefit the public. The immigration agency is now in La Uruca along the General Cañas Autopista. There was no indication from where the government expected to get the money for these towers.
The plan seems to eliminate that of the Ministerio de Hacienda that was seeking to purchase an eight-story building northwest of the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro.
There also was a plan to relocate Casa Presidencial from its rented quarters in Zapote to the east side of Parque Nacional.
The state already owns the land on which the government city would be erected. Meanwhile, the legislature is planning to build its own tower.