The City of Concord’s Municipal Building is under construction to repair a moisture issue, but the city is still open for business. The sidewalk is cut off on one side of Union Street, and a temporary entrance has been put for customers doing business with the city, such as paying utility bills or taxes. By Monday, city officials say the regular entrance should be back open, but construction will still be going on for a few more weeks.
Crews had to tear out the sidewalk and install a new drainage system after the city says mold was found between the foundation wall and interior wall of the building. The City of Concord says testing has been done, and there are no health hazards to employees or the public, but the orange barriers and temporary entrance are stumping some customers.
Customer Omar Pharr said, “At first I didn’t think they were open because of all the construction, until someone told me to go around to the side.”
Angela Rasmussen, a hair stylist at nearby Bliss Beauty Lounge, said, “I have had several people pop in and ask me where do they go to pay their bill, or how do they get in there?” Rasmussen said, “It is kind of causing people to be a little frustrated with it, more confusion I think than frustration.”
A ground breaking on a new City Hall in Concord should happen later in the summer, but that won’t be ready for another year and a half. In the meantime, the city says they have to take care of the Municipal Building. Peter Franzese, spokesperson for the City of Concord, said, “This (the municipal building) is a public asset. We want to protect the investment in this building, so that when it is time to move out, the building will have good value on the market, whether it’s sold or leased.” Franzese said the repair and construction related to the moisture issue will cost about $220,000.
City of Concord customer Jean Kpan said, “It looks really ugly, but the best is yet to come later.”
To keep track of the construction and maintenance project at the Municipal Building, click here for photos from the City of Concord.