Gainesville’s administration building on Roosevelt Square will soon get a new welcome center on the first floor, which will require some relocation of city staff and the closure of one of the building’s entrances.
The south entrance of the building, which faces Jesse Jewell Parkway, will close to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 21. People can still enter the building on the north side at the entrance closest to the Hall County Courthouse.
The $2.1 million project, which was put out for bid as one item, includes the relocation of the city’s communication and tourism staff from the former City Hall building at 117 Jesse Jewell Parkway into the first floor of the administration building at 300 Henry Ward Way. The first floor previously housed the city’s finance department, which has moved to the second floor.
The building was previously shared between the Hall County and Gainesville governments, Assistant City Manager Angela Sheppard said. The county moved to a consolidated space at the Hall County Government Center on Browns Bridge Road in 2012.
The former TV 18 studio will become a new studio for communication staff and a multipurpose space, Sheppard said. TV 18, the former local government channel, went off the air at the end of 2018.
Right by the south entrance to the building will be a welcome area.
“You would be greeted by a reception desk, someone that could direct you where you need to go and have information about the city of Gainesville. We are looking for it to have kind of a welcome center feel,” Sheppard said.
The city’s information technology department, also on the first floor, will be getting an upgrade to the data center, too.
The finance staff now has more space on the second floor.
“People were working in tiny closets almost,” Sheppard said. “So we’ve been able to expand to a much nicer environment for them.”
Sheppard said the city is still deciding how to use the space in the former City Hall that will be opened up when the communication and tourism staff moves to the administration building. The space includes four offices and a conference room.
Renovations are due to be finished in September.