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City staff proposes fifth alternative to increase space for city offices

By Doug Page - Staff Writer

City staff has proposed a fifth alternative for the reuse of a former elementary school that would provide more space for city offices and keep those offices downtown at a cost that would not sacrifice future city projects.

For more than three years, city council and staff have been wrestling with the need for more space, patrticularly for the police department housed in the basement of City Hall. The initial discussion was to use the former Simon Kenton Elementary School — given to the city by the school district after completion of a district-wide construction project — for city offices. Costs, the useability of the building and concerns about moving city services out of downtown sent the council looking for other alternatives.

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