Paducah has taken the next step in its plan for a new-and-improved city hall.
The city commission introduced an ordinance Tuesday to hire on Indianapolis-based firm RATIO Architects for a side-by-side study to consider potential renovations or a new building.
City Planner Steve Irvin says it’ll be open for discussion with taxpayers before any construction plans are made.
“But, one of the things we want to do before we get very deep into the programming and schematic design is to give the opportunity of the interested parties within the community to come forward and talk about what they see or what they vision,” Irvin said.
The potential contract currently stands at $1.6 million. RATIO expects the design phase to take about 20 weeks, and will decide by that time whether to renovate existing facilities or construct a new city hall entirely.
Public comments collected last year favored moving away from city’s hall current location. Previous estimates priced that option at around $10-12 million, based off the recently completed Murray State University Paducah campus building.
However in May, a group of citizens from economic development group Paducah McCracken County Growth, Inc. argued for the renovation route, citing considerably lower costs.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to wrap up in 2018.