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City Hall's future under study

The Alexandria City Council hired an architectural firm to study the future needs of City Hall at 704 Broadway. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Will Alexandria's City Hall need major upgrades in the next 20 to 30 years?

The city is about to find out.

At Monday's meeting, the Alexandria City Council voted to hire Oertel Architects of St. Paul for an amount not to exceed $10,600 to conduct a space needs assessment on the building.

The study is expected to recommend whether City Hall should be expanded, remodeled or built on a new site.

Representatives from nine firms did a walk-through of the building and submitted bids as high as $34,000. Oertel submitted the low bid and its proposal was determined to be the best. City staff said the firm understood the project and has done similar work.

Major concerns that Oertel will review include security, work flow and the parking lot.

The study is expected to be completed in about five months and presented to the council.

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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