The Fate of Norwich City Hall

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 2, 2010 at 12:58 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Norwich City Hall may undergo some changes in the upcoming months.

Norwich City Hall is more than an office building.

It's one of most historic places in the city, serving as a former train depot during the turn of the 20th Century.

Norwich leaders are now proposing the aging City Hall get a makeover or move to a new location all together.

Tuesday night people had a chance to weigh in.

"The thing that scares me the most is if they sold it to some outside commercial group then the community would have no control over it at all," said Michael McCollough.

The city is proposing two options.

At a cost of $400,0000 dollars the city can renovate the building over a five month period.

For $36,000 dollars more, it can move city offices to the nearby firehouse.

The second option has a seven month moving deadline.

The mayor says he wants to keep the people happy at whatever costs.

"People actually want us to stay in our building. They like it for the historic look. This is the suit you put on. This is the marking of the city. "

City offices have been in the building for nearly 14 years and most people want it to stay that way.

"I think its very important to preserve those buildings that give heritage to the community," said McCollough.

Some people were in favor of moving, saying it would be economically beneficial in the long run.

The City says it has funds set aside for either the relocation or renovation project.

It predicts little or no additional money should have to come from tax payers.

City leaders are expected to make a final decision by the end of the month.

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