- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Columbus City Hall is about to undergo its first restoration since the 1980s.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1YzufMl ) the city plans $1.5 million worth of work on the building that’s about a century old.

Columbus has already received $1 million from the state and officials plan to seek another $500,000 from the Legislature.

George Irby, assistant to the city’s director of community development, says heavy-duty work should start in a few weeks. Light work on the exterior has already begun.

Irby says City Hall employees will move out by the end of the month and will work in part of the municipal complex for six to 10 months.

Exterior renovations include an updated ramp leading up to the building, new doors and windows and underground relocation of utilities.

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