Now the front half has been gutted from the inside out as a condemnation process moves forward, with expectations that the Town government will be able to buy the space after the proceedings are finished. The price estimation of such an expansion and renovation will be north of one million dollars.
While one of the main motivators to expand the Town Hall into the vacant space is to give the town’s public employees more room to work, town officials insist that a larger office space will not equate to larger government. In addition to providing more space for departments such as public works and community development that already operate on site, it will allow Beach Water to move its operations into Town Hall. Beach Water currently has an office in Sea Grape Plaza down the road, next to the Fort Myers Beach Public Library.
In addition to the departments, the renovation is slated to add public meeting rooms to the facility, as well as a public information kiosk, and dedicated spaces for Information Technology and audio/visual work for the Town government’s use.
The planned expansion would almost double the amount of office space the Town Government operates in. Their current space in approximately 6,815 square feet. The addition of the vacant space will add 5, 773 square feet to that total, as well as giving the Town Hall frontage on the Boulevard.
Renovation is expected to be completed by the beginning of July.