Jacksonville aims to move City Hall offices to historic courthouse

Jacksonville's City Hall will move to the 1883 Jackson County Courthouse as long as costs to renovate the structure don't go much over $1 million.

City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with the relocation unless constrained by financial factors. Seismic engineering studies done on the building found that reinforcement costs should be about $300,000, somewhat less than previous estimates.

A dollar amount limit was not included in the motion, which was made by Councilor David Jesser. Councilor Jocie Wall voted against the measure.

The council also approved $35,000 in contracts for floor layout, electrical and mechanical design work and issuing a request for proposals to finance renovation through the city's urban renewal district.

Jesser pushed the council to approve the motion to move forward with the full project, rather than approving payments for the smaller jobs before it was clear there was council support for the overall plan.

Most city offices are located in Miller House on Main Street, a site that was viewed as a temporary headquarters when it was occupied two decades ago. Jackson County gave the city the courthouse in 2012. It had served as home of the Southern Oregon Historical Society and a museum for decades before that.

A floor plan will determine how much of the space on the downstairs level will be needed for city offices. The rest of the downstairs space might be rented out to tenants.

— Tony Boom

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