A long-awaited project to make City Hall fully accessible is getting underway.
The city is adding an elevator to the rear (south side) of City Hall, along with other renovations in a $1.5 million project.
It’s a somewhat scaled-back plan that at one time called for renovations of the second-floor meeting room to allow City Council and other public bodies to move back to City Hall for meetings. They are currently held at the city’s Public Safety Building on Exchange Street.
“City Hall positively contributes to the historic fabric of downtown,” said Assistant City Manager Adam Blowers in a prepared statement. “We take pride in being able to make necessary upgrades to the aging facility and able to fully accommodate residents and visitors of all mobilities.”
City Public Works Director Mark Perry said the new elevator will be an addition to the rear of City Hall, along with a stair tower. There are some minor interior renovations as well, he said, including the addition of two Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant restrooms on the second floor.
Massa Construction, the general contractor, has fenced a section of the parking lot behind City Hall in preparation for the project.
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