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PAWTUCKET â€” The great debate over whether to fix or remove the problematic City Hall tower has been thrown another curve with a new proposal to consolidate all city and school department administrative offices into a large commercial building at 100 Freight Street.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Councilor Mark Wildenhain brought up the plan and requested that a feasibility study be conducted. The council approved his request that a letter be sent to Antonio Pires, director of administration for Mayor Donald Grebien, to explore the matter.
Wildenhain said the two-story, 85,000 square-foot brick building had undergone a major renovation several years ago and has a state-of-the-art security, fire alarm and electrical system and is centrally located off Sabin Street.
He suggested that perhaps all or most of the municipal offices, including police, fire, and school administration, could be consolidated into the one building, and asked that this plan be looked at for cost and feasibility.
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