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LARGO // Largo voters asked to give workers more elbow room

There is a space crunch at City Hall and the Largo police station. Secretaries are working out of closets, file boxes are stacked to the ceilings and some parts of the police station don't meet Department of Corrections requirements.

A year ago, a large financial company called Aegon/Western Reserve announced it would be moving out of Largo, and the company headquarters at 201 Highland Ave. would be sold.

Largo commissioners decided some time ago they would be interested in moving city government and the police station to the complex if the price was right. So far, the company and the city have not agreed on a selling price. But if they should agree on a deal, and if the city could benefit by buying the complex and moving to Highland Avenue, commissioners want voter approval to sell the current City Hall and police station.

The Aegon Complex is nearly twice the size of the current City Hall and police station combined. The main building, which has a new roof, was built in 1973. Two other buildings were built in 1983. City Hall was built in 1962. The police station was built in 1976 when the department was less than half its current size.

Some people are worried the downtown area will dry up if city government moves out. But Robert McIntyre, owner of Ditek, a company that manufactures surge protectors for electrical appliances, has said he will pay $1.5-million for the City Hall site and move his corporate headquarters there. So far, no one has offered to buy the police department site.

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