WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The historic Warren City Hall is about to shut down again. Last time, it was for COVID precautions. This time, it’s for renovations.
A $2 million upgrade started a few weeks ago. Next week, it moves indoors.
After about six weeks of focusing on the building’s exterior, contractors will begin working inside the old Perkins mansion next week, which means employees may have to move.
“We have some people that we were able to place around city hall campus over at the law department, back at IT, but there are some individuals that’s just nothing much more we can do other than go back to our COVID protocols,” said Safety Service Director Eddie Colbert. “The phone will just be connected to cell phones. They will go directly to them just like any other phone call, and so we should be seamless.”
The project will replace windows, doors and downspouts, fix cracked and broken bricks and mortar as well as replacing carpeting and drywall on the inside.
The work is meticulous and time consuming, but it all had to be approved in advance since the city hall sits on the National Register of Historic Places, and they needed to ensure that it was kept as close to its original condition as possible.
“We want to do everything we can to make sure that it’s kept up to the standards the Perkins family would respect,” Colbert said.
The project will force employees to work remotely for about six weeks. At that point, they’ll be able to return to Warren City Hall and work on the law department and IT building will get underway. Officials hope it will all be finished before the end of the year.
Henry Perkins built the city hall building in the late 1800s. The city bought it in the 1930s and it’s now on the National Register of Historic Places.