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Olivette voters to decide on new city hall, fire department upgrades

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Voters in one St. Louis municipality will decide on an expensive bond issue for a new city hall Tuesday.

City leaders in Olivette want to purchase and renovate a vacant two-story building at the corner of Olive and Olivette Executive Parkway.  The cost of the project is expected to be $5.7 million.  In addition, the city wants to rebuild a fire station at the old city hall site for $3.9 million.

Those against the vote for Prop S tell News 4 the city should have been looking for a better deal and a smaller place considering Olivette has seven thousand residents.

“We want to make sure everybody knows we are not against creating new facilities.  We want to create facilities that are thoughtfully planned and our tax dollars are spent wisely,” Doug Wolf, who is opposed to Prop S, said.

“We disagree based on the evaluation of our long-range needs.  The fit the building is for municipal operations and the marketplace for commercial in the St. Louis area,” Olivette City Manager Michael McDowell said.

McDowell also states the city hall building is now sixty years old.

News 4 will follow the vote on Tuesday night.

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