Starkville”s citizen-led municipal complex committee is exploring a number of options to help satisfy city employees” office space needs, including the construction of a new 4,800-square-foot building at the corner of Lampkin Street and Washington Street.
The corner, located next to the Starkville Police Department and Southern Billiards, is a parking lot used by the SPD and city employees. Architect Gary Shafer is working on a number of options for the city to explore, including one discussed by the transportation committee Wednesday which includes construction of a new building at Washington and Lampkin streets for the offices of the mayor and city clerk. The existing City Hall building, which also houses the Starkville Police Department and Municipal Court, is located next to the parking lot at 101 Lampkin St.
Shafer says City Hall could be renovated, but the entire structure would have to be “gutted out.” The former armory”s structure is still in “good” shape, he said. The new building and existing building could be connected.
As part of the plan discussed Wednesday, at least one more structure would be built at a location off-site. However, Shafer emphasized discussions are only preliminary at this time and the building construction at Lampkin and Washington streets is just one of many options.
The committee serves as an advisory body to the Starkville Board of Aldermen and hopes to present several options to the board for consideration.
After a 30-minute discussion Wednesday on possible renovations to the existing City Hall, the municipal complex committee went into executive session to discuss possible land acquisition.
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