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A New City Hall Appears to Be a Done Deal

Wyandotte officials plan to convert the four-story city-owned Chase Bank building at the corner of Eureka and Biddle into a new municipal complex.

Wyandotte officials are moving ahead with their plans of converting the four-story city-owned at the corner of Eureka and Biddle into a new City Hall.

Todd Drysdale, the city’s director of financial and administrative services, said it’s virtually a done deal.

He said the move likely will be done in stages, with the first part completed by the end of this year.

Currently, Chase occupies the first floor of the building and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital occupies the third and fourth floors.

The proposal has Chase staying on the first floor, but only occupying half of the 11,000-square-foot space. The hospital will move out, allowing City Hall to occupy the remaining three-and-a-half floors.

In addition to bringing all the workers into the new building, the city’s municipal service employees also would be housed there.

Drysdale said a council chambers likely would take up at least half a floor, leaving three full floors for other municipal operations. There’s enough city business to fill all three floors, Drysdale said, but the option also remains to lease out some of the space if need be.

Mayor Joe Peterson said he’s been in recent talks with officials and expects the hospital will construct a new building in Wyandotte to house its orthopedic and physical therapy units that currently are in the bank building.

Hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Scheer said the hospital had no immediate comment.

Peterson said hospital execs are eyeing a couple different parcels of land, but definitely want to stay near their existing hospital in Wyandotte.

“They’re not dragging their feet,” Peterson said.

Drysdale said he expects the hospital will make an announcement within the next month, that portions of City Hall will be moved into the new location later this year and that the full deal will be signed by April 2012.

If that happens, there leaves the question of .

Drysdale said he foresees it being demolished and marketed as one large piece of land, along with two adjacent lots owned by the city. He said he envisions a first-level retail space with condos or high-end apartments above.

“If you get above the second story here, there’s really an incredible view of the river,” he said. “The hospital employs a lot of young professionals who don’t necessarily want to buy right now. I could see young people, in their 20s, finding this quite attractive.”

TT April 12, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Do we need a new city hall? Yes. Do we need one right now given the fact that the city is talking about cutting services due to a lack of money? No. See Wyandotte Patch article "Do we need a new city hall? Yes. Do we need one right now given the fact that the city is talking about cutting services due to a lack of money? No. See Wyandotte Patch article "Residents Being Asked to Weigh in on Budget Shortfall That Could Cut City Services ": Mayor Joe Peterson said he has lain awake at night, pondering how to keep residents happy, knowing full well what lies ahead. Expecting a deficit between $1.1 million and $1.8 million, city officials are using words such as “bleak”, “devastating” and “financial crisis.”
TT April 12, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Do we need a new city hall? Yes. Do we need one right now given the fact that the city is talking about cutting services due to a lack of money? No. See Wyandotte Patch article "Residents Being Asked to Weigh in on Budget Shortfall That Could Cut City Services ". Mayor Joe Peterson said he has lain awake at night, pondering how to keep residents happy, knowing full well what lies ahead. Expecting a deficit between $1.1 million and $1.8 million, city officials are using words such as “bleak”, “devastating” and “financial crisis.”
Curtis Lowe April 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM
How will moving into a building the city already owns cost the city money? I'd think it'd cost a lot more to fix the existing one.
K of Michigan April 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM
I thought I read yesterday the City of Wyandotte was in debt? I believe the Mayor was asking Residents to weigh in on the budget shortfall that could cut city services. I know if I was personally in debt, I certainly would not be moving into a new house!
Mary Washko April 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Well, aren't they fixing the existing one for studio apartments or whatever? So either way they go their going to spend money........I just hope it doesn't come out of our pocket! <3
Curtis Lowe April 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM
No, the article says they would demolish the existing city hall and market the city owned lots for development.
Curtis Lowe April 13, 2011 at 03:54 PM
City hall would be moving into a "new house" that they already own and have paid for. So again, where is the huge cost?
Mary Washko April 13, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Curtis Lowe you must work for the city! <3
Curtis Lowe April 13, 2011 at 04:14 PM
No, I don't. I just read what the article said and it's also in the News Herald today as well.
Belinda Wint April 18, 2011 at 02:17 PM
The city will now lose all the Rent money they are currently collecting from the occupants of the Chase Bank Building.
Rob Kirby April 22, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I think Curtis gets it. The person that posted about fixing the building up has the wrong building. That building is the Municipal Service Building on Elm, not City Hall, and that isnt being fixed by the City but by a private company that will be taking over that building. I believe that moving all departments into one building is a great idea. I also think that taking down the current City Hall is the right thing to do based on whats wrong with it. The future of that site can be something that can be a big positive to the City, new tax money. The property currently doesnt provide any taxes to the base, once this is built on that will be added to the tax rolls. Also I believe that construction jobs will come from this and other plans of Wyandotte Hospital. I dont know how much rent goes into the general fund but that is a good question, but if we wait for the Sate or Federal Government to get us out of this finacial state were in we wouldnt do anything in this town ever. Lets not be afraid of progress. We are a Proud City with drive!!!

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