There has certainly been a heated debate about the relocation of city hall. I strongly encourage those making the decision to consider this. Main Street, Young Professionals and other such organizations have gone above and beyond to restore the downtown district and to bring youth to the city’s center.
I believe the relocation would disjoint what our project and focus has been over the past several years. With Hamp Lyon and Froshin’s pending reconstruction, those sites will also house additional entertainment to the district. I applaud the downtown business owners for their willingness to serve and enhance the community.
My wish is to not jeopardize everything accomplished downtown. My vote is to use available funding and resources to renovate existing buildings and consolidate departments that need to be placed more closely.
If a majority if not all court cases are now at the annex, that space could be utilized for other needs.
Again, I urge the council to consider advancing the growth of downtown and the heart of the city.