09/20/04 — Council to move money for City Hall expansion

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Council to move money for City Hall expansion

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on September 20, 2004 1:56 PM

The Goldsboro City Council is expected to approve transferring $200,000 from the general fund tonight to keep the momentum going on the City Hall expansion project.

Partin & Hobbs Architects is designing the $5 million expansion, which is scheduled to go out for construction bids in December. The two-phase project should be completed within two years.

In May, the council transferred $88,320 from the general fund to pay for architectural services through the end of June.

The remaining costs for architectural services for Phase I are expected to be $206,000, so the city needs to transfer that money out of the general fund until it gets a loan for the project. The loan application for the expansion will go before the Local Government Commission in December.

The council intends to reimburse the general fund once the loan has been secured for construction.

The expansion consists of two buildings, preservation of the historic building, and a new 30,000-square-foot building that would be connected by a bridge.

The annex building will be torn down, because it's not worthy of renovation and has no historic value.

The new addition will be set back from the historic building, so the historic structure would dominate. The addition will be similar in style to City Hall, but it won't be an imitation.

Setting the new building back will also provide room for a plaza with a fountain, and a pedestrian walkway will separate the two buildings.

The second-story bridge will be encased in glass.

Phase I includes the construction of the new addition and of a 73-space parking lot on the east side of the complex. The first phase will cost about $3.5 million.

Phase II includes the renovation and restoration of the first and second floors of City Hall, plus demolition of the annex. The bridge and additional parking lot will also be built during the second phase. This phase is estimated to cost $1.5 million.

The statutes of "Liberty" and "Justice" on the roof of the old building will be restored and made waterproof.