Huntsville City Council and public eagerly await new city hall proposal

Thoughts and concerns swirled at Thursday's city council meeting as the public and council gear up for a heated discussion involving the new city hall.

Posted: Dec 7, 2017 8:49 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2017 10:40 PM

Thoughts and concerns swirled at Thursday's city council meeting as the public and council gear up for a heated discussion involving
the new Huntsville City Hall.


That discussion will happen next Tuesday at a council work session, where officials and citizens can voice concerns.

However, that didn't stop people from expressing their feeling's at tonight's meeting.

There are still many unanswered questions from all parties as they wait for the final city hall proposal to be released. Until then, many are left wondering about what's next.

"I'm concerned it'll cost $40 million," said Thomas Piff, who has serious concerns over the new city hall. 

That's a hefty price tag for the City of Huntsville and one of Thomas's Piff's main concerns involving the construction of the new city hall.

The city says the $38-40 million price is already budgeted into the city's capitol plan. The city says the current building has maitanence issues and is time to upgrade.

Piff said he's also worried about location.

"It's going to be on half the city block we curently have a [parking] garage on," Piff said. 

The city says its the most affordable place to build the new city hall. 

Right now, the council hasn't seen anything regarding the proposal, and are waiting on it to be submitted.

City councilman Bill Kling said he'll have some questions  of his own about the proposal when it comes. He said he'll be asking how much money building a new building will save and how desperately the city needs the new building. 

But, this still doesn't stop Piff from his third and final fear, the possibility of not being able to expand Big Spring Park. 

The work session will happen next Tuesday at Huntsville City Hall.

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