Hales Corners — A few logistics still need to be worked out, but the last major obstacle toward building a new Village Hall has been cleared.
The Village Board has accepted a $2.2 million bid to expand and renovate the municipal building, 5635 S. New Berlin Road.
Officials from Hales Corners and the winning bidder, Triad Construction, will next meet to work out the timing, but construction is expected to begin later this year, Village Administrator Mike Weber said.
When it's finished, the building will have an addition on the front for a larger handicap-accessible bathrooms, to the south for a new police garage and on the west side for new Police Department locker rooms.
The Police Department will be completely renovated for expanded office, work and storage areas. When that's complete, construction crews will modernize the village administration part of the building.
The Village Hall also will get a new parking lot, which is believed to be as old as the 41-year-old building.
For years, Hales Corners officials have discussed replacing the aging facility. Trustees went ahead with the project now, despite the bad economy, largely due to favorable interest rates and lower-than-expected bids.
To pay for the project, the municipal property tax levy will increase about 2 percent over three years, an annual increase of about $30 on an average Hales Corners tax bill.
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