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City of Huntsville releases plans for new city hall

Papers obtained by WAAY 31 show that it would actually financially smarter to build a new city hall rather than renovate the current one -- simply because -- the city says its an old building.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 10:14 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 10:47 PM

The proposal for the new Huntsville City Hall has been released, as the city compares and contrasts of the benefits of building a new facility.


Papers obtained by WAAY 31 show that it would actually financially smarter 
to build a new city hall rather than renovate the current one because the city says its an old building.

WAAY 31 sat down with city leaders who told us that the renovating the current city hall would cost $27 million next year, but over the next 10 years it would cost $53 million because of constant repairs since the building is so dated.

City officials even told me some of the generators and elevators wouldnt even be able to be replaced because they're so old.

Comparatively, it would cost $48-50 million to build a new city hall. But one Huntsville man says he just wishes the city would have answered more questions and been transparent.

"The purpose of last night's meeting seemed to be to tell us how bad city hall was and that it needed to be replaced period. And same with the parking garage across the street," said Thomas Piff, who lives in Huntsville. 

The ocation is still up for debate -- but the council says they won't be voting on anything regarding those plans until or after Dec. 21.

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