Vintage Development selected to construct new city buildings

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May 24, 2010



The new city hall will be Vintage.

Vintage Development, an offshoot of the Willoughby-based Marous Brothers, will build the new city hall, police headquarters and municipal court, according to Frank Swinehart, chairman of the City Hall Relocation Committee. Swinehart announced the selection at Monday night's city commission meeting.

In its proposal Vintage Development, who beat out Hoty Enterprises, suggested putting the new city hall and municipal court at the former F.W. Woolworth building on Columbus Ave., just north of Washington Row. Marous Brothers already owns the building.

The new police department will be at the Jackson Street parking lot bordered by West Market, West Water and Jackson streets.

City commissioner Bob Warner said he's worked with Marous Brothers before and approved of the selection.

"I do know them to be very reputable, easy to work with and they actually get done what they say they're going to get done," Warner said.

City commissioner Julie Farrar said the police department and court should be in the same building for a smooth operation.

But fellow commissioner Brett Fuqua, who was on the relocation committee, said the committee looked into that and found other cities are placing the administration and police departments in separate buildings to protect themselves in case of a terrorist attack.

According to a stimulus proposal made by the city, a new city hall built from scratch could cost more than $10 million.

City manager Matt Kline said the committee hasn't begun discussing finances yet.

The city also wants to look into parking issues and re-examine the separation of the police department and administration building.