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Marshfield considers City Hall options

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Should Marshfield City Hall be moved to a new location, or should several million dollars be spent upgrading the old City Hall Plaza? That’s the question city officials are weighing after reviewing a comprehensive facilities study this week.

Alderman Gordy Earll questions spending 2.5 million dollars to upgrade the old building, when moving to a newer building may be inevitable anyway. Earll added that, “There’s a building a half-a-block away from here that is about 10 years old that they want to sell, and it’s going to be for sale for three-and-a-half million dollars. Would that make more sense for a city hall, and get rid of this thing.”

Jack Blume with Zimmerman Architectural Studios wrote the facilities study and says the current City Hall Plaza is in good shape, but does definitely need upgrades to meet security and space needs.

Other considerations being weighed by the city include the sale value and marketability of the existing building, and whether Wood County will continue to rent space in the current City Hall Plaza when their own facility needs assessment is completed.

The current City Hall served as the original home of Marshfield Clinic, and more recently as the corporate headquarters for Figi’s.