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April 2, 2014

Miami council to evaluate Civic Center’s future

MIAMI, Okla. — City Council members on Tuesday night agreed to seek proposals on repairs and remodeling at the Miami Civic Center, which also serves as City Hall.

The Civic Center was built in 1955 at 129 Fifth Ave. N.W. In addition to City Hall, it houses the Police Department. There also is rentable space, including a basketball court, a banquet room and a gym.

Chuck Childs, director of community development, told the council that the city is seeking proposals as the initial step in deciding how to handle the building’s future.

“It’s basically an open proposal from anyone who remodels or works on buildings to get in here and make a determination on what needs to be done,” Childs said in a follow-up interview Wednesday. “We don’t have a detailed plan yet on what needs to be fixed, but we want to get the word out and start basically an estimation process.

“With those estimations, we will have a better idea of how to continue to provide space for our city office, whether it be to rebuild the facility or just fix the problems we have, or to maybe move into another building in town.

“There are items that need to be addressed, and the longer we wait to address them could compound other issues that we are facing with the Civic Center.”

Mayor Rudy Schultz said the council is not looking to make any immediate decisions on the future of the building. He said the idea is to evaluate current conditions of the building and the operations of the city’s offices in the location.

“This building has been here for a while, and we just want to look at the bigger picture,” Schultz said. “We have some issues that need to be addressed, and this is an opportunity for us to look at what is working here as we move forward.”

Roof, boiler system

CHUCK CHILDS, director of community development, cited a damaged roof and an aging and inefficient boiler system as some of the key issues at the Civic Center that need to be addressed.

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