Committee hears plans for Old City Hall

Old CIty HallO’FALLON – The City Council’s Community Development Committee heard plans to renovate Old City Hall into office space.

The historic building, located at 200 North Lincoln Avenue, was sold to developer Brad McMillin for development. Part of the arrangement between the city and McMillin is that the developer must go through the city for approval of plans.

McMillin intends to use the building for office space, ideally suited for a tenant like a law firm or engineering firm. The project will be completed in two phases, with the first consisting of getting the building ready for tenant improvements. Non-structural interior walls, old electrical wiring, plumbing, and drop ceilings will be removed. The exterior of the building will also be renovated, which includes sandblasting and removing old paint from the brick, tuck-pointing and other exterior renovations that will enhance the historical features of the building.

The second phase, which will begin once a tenant enters into a lease agreement, is when build out will begin. The improvements will retain the historic and unique elements of the building, while reconfiguring the interior to meet current code and tenant requirements.

According to plans submitted by McMillin, they anticipate using both floors for tenants, whether that is one tenant or two. Each floor will have independent heating and cooling systems and an ADA accessible restroom.

McMillin was specific in his plans to say they plan on retaining most of the historic elements of the building through the renovation work. Exterior lighting and plantings will be done in a way to be reflective of the historic character and design.

Old City Hall most recently housed the O’Fallon Fire Department administrative offices, but has only been used for storage since 2009.