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Rendering of new Starkville City Hall unveiled

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 4/23/2013 4:20 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Starkville leaders unveiled a rendering of the $6.7 million city hall project during a gathering Tuesday morning.

The 24,000 square feet municipal complex will be built at the site of the old electric department.

The site is located on the west end of the downtown area.

Architects worked to make sure the design of the building complimented others around it.

Architect Briar Jones said, "In its location, it's important that we create some height. We've done that with the tower. It centers on Main Street."

Local economic and community leaders say along with the services it will provide, the new building also is expected to serve as a focal point in the city.

Jennifer Gregory with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership said, "This structure will not only provide a service to our city as a municipal complex, but it will also really anchor our Main Street. It will provide a terminus, so that when you drive down Main Street going west, you see this beautiful structure."

Richard Hilton with OCH Regional Medical Center said, "People who visit Starkville can come by and see what the complex looks like. It will be something they know the city is proud of and they'll get a good feeling that Starkville is being progressive."

Employees who work in the current city hall, which was built in the 1930's, say they're ready to get out of overcrowded conditions.

Municipal Court employee Casandra Daniels said, "It will make our jobs easier. For the people who we serve, it will make them more comfortable. A new building will be very, very nice."

The new city hall complex will not house the police department as it currently does. The police department will stay in the old city hall.

The renovation project there is expected to cost an additional $1.3 million.

These moves have not been without controversy.

Voters have turned down tax increases to pay for this work more than once over the years.

Instead, it will be financed through a public/private partnership lease purchase program.
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