City Leaders Plan to Expand Community Development Building

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Leaders with the city of Harrisonburg are planning to expand the community development building on South Main Street.

On Monday, leaders of the project asked for proposals from architects and engineers to begin planning.

This current community development building will become the 'new' municipal building for the city. The 'old' building is just next door.

The first floor expansion will add about 7,000 square feet of office space. The second floor addition will add another nearly 20,000 square feet.

Right now, city leaders are looking for basic design, contracting and construction bids.

Harrisonburg City Manager Kurt Hodgen said this is just the beginning of the project. The current city municipal building was built back in the early 1900s and not necessarily meant for office space.

He looks forward to the move.

"It'll be compliant with all the new regulations, ADA and so forth. It will be much more energy efficient than the current building is. Other than the initial capital expense of doing the construction, it's really a good scenario, a winning scenario," said Hodgen.

Hodgen said not to expect to see any construction for at least a year an a half. City council members have to approve any drawings and plans. They also have to support the project as well as fund it.


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