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May 7th, 2010
Kyle to rededicate historic city hall

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The historic Kyle City Hall, shown here before its refurbishing. The city will hold a rededication of the building Saturday after more than $750,000 of improvements.

STAFF REPORT

KYLE — The historic City Hall on the town square in Center Street will be rededicated Saturday following a $700,000 facelift restoring much of the 80-year-old building to its original state.

The ceremony will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. Among those scheduled to be present are U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), State Representative Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos), Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson, Interim City Manager James Earp, representatives from the Kyle City Council and Kyle Area Seniors Zone (KASZ) and other dignitaries.

In addition to the $700,000 the city put into the building, the Kyle Area Seniors Zone contributed $100,000 for appliances.

The building has served as a schoolhouse, city office building and community center as the site of wedding receptions, birthday parties and other celebrations. Fair on the Square, since re-named and moved to the much larger Gregg-Clark Park, took place around the old city hall for years.

After a refurbishment undertaken by city volunteers, the city began running its city council meetings there in 1975. By the start of a new century, however, the building was visibly deteriorating.

In late 2006, the city moved its offices and city council meetings to the new city hall at the corner of Front and Center Streets. The city turned the building over to the KASZ, which hoped to make upgrades.

However, the costs for upgrades were more than the KASZ could raise. The roof leaked and the electrical wiring wasn’t up to code. By the time city officials approved the expenditure to improve the building in April 2009, the KASZ was meeting in local churches.

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