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Dade City to seek grants to build city hall-police station complex

DADE CITY — City Commissioners don't know what their next City Hall will look like, but they agreed Tuesday they don't plan to continue using the deteriorating three-story building that now houses most city offices.

After City Manager Bill Poe presented four proposals for addressing the city's space needs, commissioners agreed to focus efforts on either demolishing or selling the current City Hall building.

City Commissioner Curtis Beebe said any money put toward fixing up that building would be a waste.

The commission considered a couple of costlier ideas, such as remodeling the current City Hall annex or an entirely new structure, but the funds are not readily available. The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the city last month that it would not receive a $3 million rural construction grant, which Dade City had been counting on to build a city hall and police station complex.

The commission still plans to research grant packages in search of possible funding.

Committee members and the public brought up other ideas, such as moving some city offices to other available buildings. The Dade City train depot and the legion hall were both mentioned as possible sites. This type of expansion would allow demolition of City Hall to begin soon, making the property marketable for sale or available for expanding the annex.

Dade City Police Chief Ray Velboom offered commissioners his support, saying he was looking into grant money for a new police station that could include city hall space. The current City Hall includes jail space that would be affected by whatever move commissioners make.

The commission plans to further evaluate buildings such as the train depot for possible expansion. In the long term, the commission acknowledged a new city hall will need to be built eventually.

Dade City to seek grants to build city hall-police station complex 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:43pm]
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