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Council looks into future of City Hall

The Alexandria City Council is going to take a look at how much it would cost to make repairs and upgrades to City Hall to meet future needs of departments.

At its Monday meeting, the council agreed to ask consultants to submit proposals for performing a “facility needs assessment” on the building for the next 20 to 30 years.

If the council decides to hire a consultant, the study would recommend whether City Hall should be expanded, remodeled or reconstructed.

The deadline for submitting the proposals is July 20.

Council member Bobbie Osterberg stressed that at this point, the city is just getting an idea of how much the study would cost and is not approving upgrades or renovations.

The building was constructed in the late 1960s as a joint police department and fire hall. It was renovated into a City Hall in 1995.

The building houses the administrative offices, assessing, community development, building department, communications, liquor operations manager, finance, human resources, the council chambers, a conference room and a break room.

The lower level contains storage and heating/mechanical equipment.

The building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, except for the basement.

A parking lot with an entrance on Seventh Avenue serves the west entrance to the building. The main entrance is on Broadway.

The building received significant heating, air conditioning and lighting upgrades in 2016 as part of a citywide energy efficiency project. A new roof was installed in 2018.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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