MARSHALL — It’s been about a year and a half, but Marshall city offices are now moving back to a permanent home on Main Street, Marshall city staff said.
The newly renovated Marshall City Hall will be operational on Tuesday, the city announced Wednesday.
While not all construction items are finished, city offices will be able to function starting next week. On Wednesday, Marshall building inspector Ray Henriksen signed a temporary certificate of occupancy for City Hall.
“It’s a way to allow employees and the public to enter the building, with the understanding that all the life safety items are done,” Henriksen said. That means the utilities in the building and safety measures like the fire sprinklers are all working. Henriksen said at this point, the city is only waiting for some finishing construction items like glazing which are back-ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marshall city staff are moving back into City Hall this week, with plans to be fully operational next Tuesday. Because of the move, city staff may have limited availability to assist the public on Monday. Members of the public are encouraged to call ahead at 507-537-6760 to avoid delays with their requests.
Since January 2020, Marshall city offices have been located in temporary space at the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. In some ways, the move brought the city’s relationship with the university full circle — the first offices of what was then Southwest Minnesota State College were located in the Marshall Municipal Building.
Clearing out the municipal building downtown made it possible for construction workers to gut the building and do extensive renovations, like lowering the main floor down to street level, replacing the southeast wall, and building a new elevator.
The renovated City Hall has the most public-facing city offices, like the building department and Marshall Community Services, located on the main level. A new city council chamber with room for about 50 audience members is also on the main floor. The Marshall City Council’s next regular meeting on July 13 will be held in the new council chambers.
Marshall city staff said the new offices have been getting a lot of interest from local residents. To give the public a chance to tour the renovated City Hall, a ribbon cutting and open house will be from 4-7 p.m. July 15.