Dearborn's statuesque City Hall may no longer be the site of municipal offices, Mayor Jack O'Reilly said last week.
According to the Dearborn Press and Guide, O'Reilly joined Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston on Jan. 17 for a tour of the old ADP headquarters on Michigan Avenue. And with the property set to go into bank ownership, a deal could be reached soon to make the building–which sits just west of the Henry Ford Centennial Library–the new home of both city and school administrative offices.
With continued consolidation of city departments, plus expansive foyers and hallways, a significant amount of square footage of the current City Hall–while structurally beautiful and carrying historic quality–is vacant space.
And, along with bringing city offices in line with the Dearborn Police Department, 19th District Court and Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, the move could help the city avoid costly repairs to the current City Hall. DPS, likewise, faces mounting repair costs in coming years.
School offices are currently located in the old Ten Eyck school building on Audette Street.
Some, however, disagree with the plan.
"Call us nostalgic, but Dearborn’s City Hall building needs to remain the hub of Dearborn," Deep wrote. "The building may need repair but it is simply too important of a symbol to this city to simply leave it to others (like an art community) or, worse yet, raze."
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