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Poll: Should the City and Schools Consolidate Offices?

The city is looking at purchasing new space that would be shared with Dearborn Public Schools administrative offices.

Dearborn's statuesque 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 –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 , and , 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.

Blogger and City Plan Commissioner Deep Said raised the question "Does Dearborn Really Need a New City Hall?" on his blog, DeepsaidWhat.com.

"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."

What do you think of this plan? Take our poll and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

Frank Lee January 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The DISC is revenue neutral, and it is one of the best managed ice skating facilities in the State.
Kathy January 26, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The DISC will soon be making money, probably within the next year when the bond is paid off.Kurt Young and his staff do a great job running the arena and his decades-long relationships with hockey associations and figure skating groups keep tournaments and shows filling the DISC. I've been going there since it opened in 1971 and it's never looked or been run better.
Frank Lee January 26, 2012 at 03:21 AM
The DISC is truly one of the best run ice skating centers in the entire state. Their sheets of ice have extremely high occupancy rates and the quality of service is unmatched. Privatizing this asset would add no value to the city and most assuredly result in the loss of the nationally recognized figure skating program and a huge revenue source.
marooned in Dbn January 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
53,000,000 for the city gym.
Leslie January 03, 2013 at 05:05 AM
THAT question generated a variety of discussions, didn't it?! Yes, bringing City and School District offices under one roof makes sense. Many people already think that the school district and the city are operated together. It makes a lot of sense to share equipment and resources where possible -- from office machines and computer systems to plows that shovel parking lots (either by staff or subcontractors...whichever is most cost effective). It's just sad that our beautiful, historic city hall is not economical in this day and age. A blah office building does sound more efficient. Based on how well the nonprofit ArtSpace has managed unique, previously underutilized properties in other major cities, it appears that having them develop City Hall into live/work/exhibit space for artists will be a beneficial addition to Dearborn.

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