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Study: City Hall has great ‘bones’

January 20, 2011

By KELLY DANIELS
citybeat@bellsouth.net

The “bones” of Starkville’s current City Hall are more than strong enough to house the Municipal Court system, architect Gary Shafer said Wednesday.
In an effort to keep the municipal complex development project as frugal as possible, a citizen-led advisory committee is considering the option of renovating the current City Hall on Lampkin Street.
The redevelopment would include a 4,800 square-foot add-on at the Washington Street corner.
The new handicapped-accessible building could possibly house the offices of the mayor and city clerk.
Built by the Works Projects Administration’s labor force, the facility in its current state seems cramped because of its many added rooms, Shafer said.
But, he concluded, if its interior were completely gutted and the space opened, the facility would be both functional and aesthetically pleasing with its high ceilings and supporting beams.
The building currently houses several city operations including the offices of the mayor and city clerk, the Starkville Police Department and Municipal Court along with the building, engineering and public service offices.
Many of the facility’s rooms built for storage and closets have been converted into shared office spaces.
The Municipal Complex Committee spent an hour in executive session Wednesday discussing land acquisition and will meet again on Feb. 2.

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