Six months later answers may be in WL City Hall’s future

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Six months ago two water pipes burst inside West Lafayette City Hall on Navajo Street. Weeks after that employees were having reactions to mold discovered after the flooding.

Employees were moved out, and crews from Tecton Construction Management moved in. They indeed found mold, but that’s not it.

“Since that time we’ve been made aware of other issues such as structural issues and other issues in regards to ADA and HVAC that we weren’t quite as acutely aware of,” West Lafayette Republican Mayor John Dennis said.

Crews have been inside the building since spring. This week a final report of the issues inside city hall is expected to be in Dennis’ hands.

He’s expecting to read what he has already assumed.

“My assumption is that the report will be fairly condemning,” Dennis said. “Some of the information that has trickled down is we are well aware of the fact that right now that building is uninhabitable.”

Dennis said after he reads the report the city will decide what will be done to the building. The cost of repairing it or demolishing it will have to be weighed.

Once the report is released, another decision to make is where city hall will be moved permanently. Right now, offices are spread between the Morton Center, Fire Station No. 1 and the West Lafayette Police Department.

Dennis said there is no timeline on when an announcement could come.

“It would be really putting the cart before the horse to make that kind of assumption,” Dennis said. “Throughout the community there is a lot of conversation going on, on both sides about where to relocate city hall and what to do with that particular facility. But for right now, we are holding tight.”

Dennis said once he reads what the state of the current city hall is in he will start planning talks about the next city hall.

Officials will meet with insurance agents this week with the final report in hand.

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