City releases cost comparison for possible city hall move

NORWICH – The City of Norwich released a detailed cost comparison report Thursday to determine whether to move City Hall to the third floor of the firehouse or keep it in the renovated train depot next to the railroad tracks.

City Finance Director William Roberts gave the report to members of the Public Works/Public Safety Committee.

According to the information listed, the city would save money in both total construction costs and annual operating costs if they were to move city offices to the third floor of the firehouse. According to the document, more than $115,000 worth of work will need to be completed at the firehouse regardless of whether or not offices are moved to the location. The exterior walls were never completed on the third floor, and the city has said electrical and lighting work will need to be done.

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