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Moving city hall downtown

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

This is what I heard today: City officials are moving toward a deal for a new city hall in downtown Sandusky. Although I've not gotten official confirmation the info comes from a reliable source, and it's worth sharing.

A new city hall building could be up and running within 12 to 18 months after a contract is signed for buildings across from the old LaSalle county admin building and parking garage on Columbus Avenue. It's in the middle of the block, which in my mind means the property includes the old Woolworth building. The city reported looking at this property earlier this year.

The way the so-called deal is structured, the owners would gut and renovate the current buildings, bringing everything up to code with modern utilities. The space would house city hall, all city offices and Sandusky Municipal Court. The police department would relocate elsewhere �” hopefully in some form of partnership with Perkins police.

The city also would cut a deal with the county to share the county garage building to accomodate parking for the new city hall.

The city could come out ahead cost-wise, considering the expense to bring the current building at 222 Miegs Street up to code and the potential proceeds from selling the property to make way for the Marina District project.

Sounds like a good plan if it works as proposed, but I'm left wondering how government officials can continue to make deals and transactions without any public deliberation.

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