Forsyth City Hall falling apart as officials begin plans on new building

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FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Cracks, leaks and a rocky foundation are all much needed repairs at the old Forsyth City Hall building.

“Water is getting between the stucko in the brick on the outside of the building, and that’s causing some water damage issues on the inside of the building, and on the walls where the plaster is pulling away from the walls,” said City Manager Janice Hall.

That’s why Mayor Eric Wilson says they’re no longer looking to repair.

“We’ve replaced the roof and we’ve had some other issues there are a lot of structural issues with the building,” he said.

They’re looking to replace–and open up the century old building doors to new, more complex possibilities.

“What we wanna do is actually end up with what we call a municipal complex where would have all of our offices and departments in one location,” said Hall.

They aren’t sure exactly how much it’ll cost, but a rough estimate says at least 1.5 million dollars. They plan on refinancing the public safety complex buildings to pay for it.

“So we could have all of City Hall, all of our planning and zoning, we could even move public works over beside where our public safety building is now,” Hall continued.

As for the old building, Wilson says he hopes to have downtown development get a new local business to take over the space, whether that means a business buying or leasing it.

“We’ve got a lot of businesses a lot of retail a lot of professional offices on the square and we could see something like that coming in here and getting city hall moved off of the square to allow for it,” he said.

It’s the start of the end for the old City Hall, and the beginning of a more solid foundation for the new one.

Forsyth city officials recently selected the architectural firm that’ll be working on the new City Hall project.

Out of 14 firms, they chose Clark Nexsen in Macon to do the job. Wilson says next they’ll begin working on a design for the building.