Milton City Council asks for estimates on Shaw building renovation
MILTON--Hey, Milton taxpayers: Like the idea of the Shaw Municipal Building with an expanded two-floor Milton Public Library? It would have expansive reading areas with window-side views and the whole second floor to itself.
How about a Shaw building with City Hall moved from upstairs to the first floor? It’d have its own entrance, plus special flooring and snappy counter and woodwork treatments in the public areas, according to preliminary designs.
Welcome to the Shaw Building 2.0.
A planned makeover of the Shaw Building has been on the drawing board between city staff and architect Angus-Young Associates for months, but the real test—whether the city council can stomach the changes—is yet to come. The council Monday pushed through a proposal to get cost estimates from Angus-Young for a redesign that would split space on the first floor of the Shaw between City Hall and the library.
Under the plan, City Hall would move from the second floor, which it occupies about half of. The library would take over the entire second floor with reading space.
The cost-estimate proposal moved forward after an hour-long debate during which some council members seemed shocked at the idea of City Hall sharing space with the library on the first floor.
The council was split on the plan. Mayor Tom Chesmore cast the tie-breaking vote to move forward on getting costs estimates.
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