Town of Marcellus talks renovation and addition

The current Marcellus Town Hall is too small for the number of employees using the facility, not compliant with the American Disabilities Act and is in serious need of an upgrade on most levels.

To fix the current situation, officials and architect Michael O'Shea, an associate partner with QPK Design in Syracuse, have been working together to redesign the offices. The project would include an addition to the building and renovation of the existing town hall.

To gain some public input about up and coming plans, the town held an informative meeting for residents where O'Shea explained in depth what his company would be doing to help the town better service the residents.

Town Supervisor Dan Ross said the "town board has been at this for a while" and completed studies on their facilities needs. The meeting was to present conceptual designs to give everyone a better understanding as to why and how the municipality should proceed with the expansion.

O'Shea said he wanted to review all aspect of the current project, but also give the group gathered in the training room at the Marcellus Fire Department some history as far as what had been present to them before.

"I think it's important for you to understand the previous project," he said.

Previous plans included complete demolition of the town hall to make way for a combined office and library. However, O'Shea said much valuable information was obtained from the last proposition, including that it was too big, too expensive and the residents want to keep the existing facility.

Though the town put together an advisory board to review the needs of the municipal offices, there were also independent reports filed by the Department of Labor and the Unified Court.

To bring the engineers and the town board up to speed, the advisory board listed seven crucial items to think about and come to a decision on, including green versus conventional energy, space requirements, that the hall remain in the current location with a renovation to be completed and an addition to be built on the west side of the building.

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