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Manchester begins Phase 1 of city hall relocation

The city of Manchester unanimously approved a resolution that will look at the feasibility of relocating city hall functions.

At its regular Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 via video conferencing, Manchester approved a resolution in the amount of $10,800 with Archimages, Inc. for Phase 1 of a feasibility study for its newly acquired building.

Manchester has acquired the former Commerce Bank building at 14317 Manchester Road with the intention of transforming it into a new city hall. The bank building is approximately one block west of the historic Lyceum building that now serves as city hall.

Former Commerce Bank building, the site of the future Manchester City Hall
The former Commerce Bank site at 14317 Manchester Road is slated to become Manchester’s new City Hall. (Source: Bonnie Krueger)

The city has stated that the new building provides an enlarged and improved work environment at a cost considerably less than new construction. It has contracted with Archimages to provide architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing services to support the feasibility study. Not included in the fee structure is fire sprinkler system design; exterior building/site modifications; civil and structural design surveys; the formal application/permitting process; and furniture and signage coordination.

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