Old Tech High School to Become New City Hall

Old Tech High School to Become New City Hall Click to Enlarge Photo: Myah Christenson (KNSI)

(KNSI) - In the vacant building of the old Tech High School, Mayor Dave Kleis announced on Friday his plan to renovate the old high school into the new city hall.

The current city hall has been used since 1984 and is deteriorating due to old age and deferred maintenance.

"We've made the facility we're in now work. But, we're at the point now as we look at the next ten to fifteen years you're looking for over 5 million dollars in additional costs and capacity issues going into the future," said Mayor Dave Kleis.

The city had originally planned to use the site for senior housing developments through Dominium, but found out earlier this week that it would be financially inviable and moved on to "plan B."

"We believe, and I believe strongly, that the number one aspect of this facility and its re-use is to preserve the historical aspect of the school that has been here for over a hundred years. The 1917 building we can preserve and we can for the next 50 years keep it in the hands of the public where it has been for the past 100 years."

The estimated costs of the project are between $5 million and $9 million to renovate the 1917 building into offices and would in part be paid for by the sale of the former media center. The city signed a letter of intent to sell the property on Thursday.

The second phase of the project involves turning part of the building into a hockey facility with two rinks for community events and creating economic development within downtown St. Cloud.

The mayor hopes to start renovations this fall and be moved in by spring.

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