Open house for City Hall designs to be March 4

Working with CMBA Architects of Grand Island, the City of Hastings will hold an open house to let the public look at and provide input on proposed renderings for the renovation of the City Hall building at 220 N. Hastings Ave. 

The open house will be 4-6 p.m., Monday, March 4 at the Hastings Municipal Airport, 3300 W. 12th St.

Troy Keilig, Principal Architect with CMBA, presented during the Hastings City Council work session on Feb. 19, renovation designs including two options for both the building exterior and the council chambers. 

Choosing either design option for the exterior or council chambers will have similar costs. 

Designs are anticipated to be completed in early summer 2024. Interior demolition is anticipated to be complete by late spring 2024.

Construction is scheduled to start in fall 2024 and be completed around spring 2026.

City Hall, known for its white marble exterior, was constructed in 1963 for use as a bank. The City of Hastings acquired the property in 1984 and has used the building to house various municipal offices since that time.

The renovation will include updates to enhance energy efficiency, safety and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

When it comes to the exterior, the designs utilize as much of the existing materials as possible, but also modify the building to give it its own character.

“Most people see it now as the bank that it was before, but we’re wanting to create this new environment for the public to recognize that this is Hastings City Hall,” Keilig said during his presentation on Feb. 19. 

Council members requested during the Feb. 19 work session, holding an open house to let the public participate in the decision-making process.

Public feedback will be collected on March 4 and presented to Hastings City Council members.  

In addition to the March 4 open house, a two-question survey allowing participants to select from two exterior options and four council chamber options is also available at 

“We’ve reached an exciting milestone with the City Hall project,” City Administrator Shawn Metcalf said. “City Council will be deciding what the future city hall will look like! Both design options are beautiful and showcase Hastings as a progressive and professional city. Honestly, we can’t go wrong with either choice. We hope that you will take a few minutes to attend this open house to let us know which is your favorite design. Hope to see you there!” 


Published Date: 02/26/2024

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