The City of Cape Girardeau has begun working towards turning the common Pleas Courthouse into the new city hall. After conducting research on different proposals, and interviewing companies for the project city staff members made the recommendation for Penzel Construction Company Inc. and architecture firm TreanorHL to work on the project that is worth $12 million. At a City Council meeting on Monday, the contract to work with Penzel Construction was approved. City officials said no design has been finalized for the renovation and they also say, Penzel Construction had the most innovative ideas for the building and parking structure. The Capital Improvement tax in which local voters passed back in August is the factor into why the project can begin. City officials said customer service agents will be moved to other public offices across Cape Girardeau. This will free up space at Common Pleas and give customers city-wide options. City officials expect to be cleared of the County/Court business in Common Pleas by May 2020. It is possible that construction could start in the summer of 2020 and conclude in September of 2021.