Common Pleas Courthouse Will Be New City Hall After it is Renovated

Another step was recently taken in the process of moving the Cape Girardeau City Hall to the Common Pleas Courthouse. During Monday night’s City Council meeting members of the city council voted to accept a Quit Claim Deed from Cape Girardeau County for the Common Pleas Courthouse property. This is a way for property rights to be transferred. The courthouse is  a landmark that is out in front of the Mississippi River and is currently the home of the Common Pleas Court. Court hearings will soon move to the counties new court house in Jackson. Architects are currently working on a renovation valued at 12 million for the Common Pleas Court House, so it can become the new city hall. City officials say this is the original City Hall location. After city officials received research proposals and conducted interviews, the city staff recommended Penzel Construction Company Inc. along with the architecture firm TreanorHL for the project. Half of the $12 million cost includes matching casino funding. During a prior city council meeting on Monday, November 5, 2019 the city council approved the contract to work with Penzel Construction. City officials said no design has been finalized for the renovation. Officials also say that the company had the most innovative ideas for the structure and for parking. In addition their ideas would save the city money. The Capital Improvement Sales Tax, which local voters approved back in August, allows this City Hall and Common Pleas project to happen. City officials said Common Pleas has been at the center of Cape Girardeau civic life for 165 years. Officials also say moving City Hall will save the landmark. The next step in the process is to have a design workshop to gain an idea of what the project may look like once it is finished. The future City Hall, at the Common Pleas   wills also desighned to be ADA accessible and secure. City officials said customer service agents will be relocated across town to different public works offices. This will create more space at Common Pleas and give customers city-wide options. Construction could begin by this summer and officials say the project is expected to be finished by September of next year.

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