Mayor suggests moving city hall to Hub-Gilcher complex

December 10, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Mayor John W.D. Bowling suggested that Danville sell city hall and the adjacent Save-A-Lot property and move city staff into the second floor of the Gilcher Hotel, part of the Hub-Gilcher complex.

Twice, he said in a special meeting Tuesday, that he was just "speculating," and public input was needed before a decision could be made.

Bowling said that Heritage Community Bank had paid $900,000 for the Dairy Queen's location on Main Street, and that was half the size of the city's two properties. He said he thought that the vacant property would make a "nice U-shaped" shopping development.

Commissioner Terry Crowley called Bowling's idea "fascinating," and said that if the city weren't going to use the property then he thought it should be offered up for sale.


Commissioner Jamey Gay said that the idea was another reason that the city should build a parking garage behind the Hub.

Brandstetter-Carroll, Inc., the city's consultant, had asked for the commissioners' input on how to best use the city's buildings, including public works, police, fire, communications and city hall. Danville agreed to pay the consultants $9,800 to write the plan for those buildings.

Plans to build a fire station on the south end and expand the police department have been put on hold until the plan is complete. People from the firm have interviewed each of the city's department heads to understand how city employees work and what kind of space they need.

Repeatedly they heard that the open design of city hall allows residents access to everyone's office, and that can distract employees from their work. The city's consultants said that the open design was almost unheard of in municipal buildings anymore, concerns about security have caused many cities to abandon open designs.

Bowling also mentioned that commissioners think about other areas beside downtown, like the south and west ends.

Crowley said he thought that the location of the fire and police departments should be based on the best place for city-wide coverage, and would not necessarily have to be downtown.

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