The city of Manchester is acquiring a new city hall.
A resolution passed at the regular Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting held on Jan. 4 via video conference authorizes the purchase of the former Commerce Bank building at 14317 Manchester Road. It is approximately one block west of the current city hall, the Lyceum.
The Lyceum has served as city hall since 1979 but is no longer an adequate facility to serve the public and function administratively. The former bank space provides an enlarged and improved work environment at a cost considerably less than constructing a new city hall.
The city has negotiated potential terms of the acquisition in the amount of $1,682,000, which will come through the city’s capital improvement fund.
The Lyceum may be repurposed for other community needs or could open the possibility for potential redevelopment of the southeast Manchester Road corridor. However, because of its historical relevance, the Lyceum would need either be moved to a new location or integrated into a commercial use where it stands. Details regarding remodeling or the potential transition date to the new building are not currently available.