City Hall could move to Glennon Center

January 15, 2009 

TEGA CAY — Bring a sweater to the next city council meeting. The city is considering trimming $10,000 from its 2008-09 budget by not replacing the HVAC system at the old City Hall building. “Staff is suggesting that the city divest itself of the old City Hall, so we’re suggesting we stop investing in it at all,” City Manager Grant Duffield told the Finance Committee at a Jan. 8 meeting. “Hopefully we’ll be out of it by the end of the year.” The air conditioning and heater are operable in the portion of the building that now houses the city’s planning and development services staff, but the heat doesn’t come on in the council chamber where meetings are held. The tentative plan is to sell the building, which is zoned for commercial use, and use the proceeds to complete the unfinished half of the bottom floor of the Philip T. Glennon Community Center. Staff from the old building would move into the newly finished section, and council meetings would be held downstairs until a permanent solution could be found, Duffield said. “It’s still very early in the conceptual analysis stage,” he said. “Nothing has been proposed to council.” Councilman Les Conner, who suggested the idea in December, abd Mayor Bob Runde are familiar with the plan. “At first people say this isn’t what we signed on for with the community center,” Runde said to the committee. “But once you explain to them what we’re doing, that it’s the unfinished half and we’re going to use the money from the sale to finish it, they are OK with it.” Duffield stressed the move would be on an interim basis while the city searches for a site for a new City Hall. He gave a timeline of 24 to 36 months to find a new home for the staff who would be displaced by the move. “One of the first things we have to figure out is what the City Hall property is worth, and given the current economy, what is the general appetite for commercial property,” Duffield said. “We also have to figure out the cost of the upfit (to the Glennon Center), and if it is something the citizens will support.” --

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