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Cortez Looks At Options For Old City Hall

Austin Cope

The City of Cortez will likely sell the current City Hall at Ash and Main streets once the former Cortez Journal building is ready to be the new municipal headquarters.

That was the consensus during a discussion at the City Council workshop May 24th, though the council made no formal decision. City Manager Shane Hale said the city won’t need more space once it moves into the 27,000-square-foot Journal building, and the aging City Hall has not been renovated for some time while the city was looking for a new home. An alternative could be leasing out the space, but the council said just selling the building would be better. At the council meeting later that night, members voted unanimously to award the bid for the Journal-building revamp to Weeminuche Construction Authority, for a little over $2.5 million.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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