Casper City Hall could soon see a $3 million remodel if City Council approves the money for the project at its Tuesday work session.
The project, dubbed the “City Hall Project S.A.F.E.,” is intended to bring City Hall up to fire code, “remedy significant non-compliance with 2010 ADA regulations” and create additional office space, in addition to a handful of other safety and maintenance improvements, according to a memo from Risk and Facilities Manager Zulima Lopez to City Manager Carter Napier.
The building is 41 years old and according to Lopez’s memo is “in need of significant improvements.” The memo states the only other means of bringing the building up to current safety regulations would be to build an entirely new building, which Lopez estimated would cost $10 million.
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It's currently unclear where the $3 million for improvements will come from, though Lopez suggests in her memo that the money the city is expected to receive from selling city-owned properties in the near future could pay for the project. Already, $450,000 has been allocated from the 1-cent account for fiscal year 2022.
In February, Casper hired the architecture firm Stateline No. 7, which has also been contracted by the state to design Casper’s new and as-yet unnamed state office building. The firm compiled a design report for the needed City Hall improvements.
That report, a timeline for the repairs and specific details on what improvements will be made to the building have not been released by the city yet but are expected to be part of the council’s Tuesday night discussion of the issue.