• City Hall renovation
A face lift and renovation on the inside of City Hall continues. It’s the first makeover of City Hall in 29 years.
Colored panels, to be complemented later by a stainless steel decorative border, were previously applied to the red brick exterior of the building. New landscaping and tuck-pointing work will accompany the exterior’s new look.
City engineer Carey Stranahan said a new interior staircase will be installed as part of a transformation of the building’s central atrium and public meeting rooms.
The flooring and lighting in the council room will be changed, and the city clerk’s office will be moved into the council chamber, creating more room in the atrium, as well as space for a vestibule just outside the council room.
Mawr Design, which has an office in Kokomo, did the design work for both the interior and exterior projects. The city contracted Monroe Construction of Kokomo to do the work at a cost of $560,000 for the interior and $530,000 for the exterior for a total cost of $1.1 million. The project should be completed by early August.
In addition to the council chamber and the atrium staircase, the work also will include a glass exhibit case to replace the tinted windows which currently separate the Kokomo Police Department from the atrium, and a fountain in front of the building. City Hall is open during renovation, and all public meetings normally held in Louk’s conference room or council chambers are held at off-site locations through Aug. 12.
• Senior Housing Development
Miller Valentine Group, Cincinnati, is constructing a low- to moderate-income senior housing development at 400 N. Washington St. The $9-million project at the northeast corner of Washington and Taylor streets is nearly complete. The four-story apartment building will house people 55 years and older. Developers are planning to lease between 50 and 66 units at the development. Calls made to the Miller Valentine Group regarding the completion date were not returned.