The final plan hasn't been decided yet. But officials expect to restore the structure and move it to a more central location on the city's municipal campus.
"A big part of our conversation has been how do you want to tell your story -- what elements of
The building served as
The building withstood this year's brutal winter shrink-wrapped in plastic while the city considered options for preserving it.
Choices included looking at ways a renovated town hall might add space for the
After reviewing the options -- costs ranged from
The council chose not to pursue either the most or least expensive options -- taking the building apart, or salvaging only portions.
Council members agreed that in addition to the objects within the town hall, the building itself is a valuable artifact. They said residents had voiced a strong preference for keeping the building intact.
The council last week approved extending a contract with Oliver's firm,
A previous estimate for restoring the building and making it a free-standing structure near city hall came to
The project will be funded in part by about
The council's discussion of the town hall's future included a broader look at some of the city's other space needs.
"We are somewhat space challenged," Mayor
Built in 1998, the fire administration building hasn't drawn much interest from buyers since the city put it up for sale, said Council Member
An analysis prepared for the city by commercial broker
"My gut feeling is that [a sale] isn't going to happen," Bakken said. "It's possible there's more utility to taxpayers if it's reused in some way for city services."
The fire administration building has been used to store many of the items that were saved and cleaned up after the town hall fire, which remains under investigation.
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