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DESIGN OF OFFICES, FIRE STATION NEARLY DONE

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The design of the new $750,000 city offices and fire station is almost complete and should go out for bid in mid-August, City Manager Mike Moyes said.

"I think the total package - the fire station and the municipal building - is something the citizens of Syracuse can be proud of," he said. "The city offices can hold city events other than city council meetings, such as piano recitals (and) dance revues."Projected completion date is June 1994.

The only major change in the buildings from the original plans is the elimination of the city office building's basement because of cost and the area's high water table, Moyes said.

The office building will contain 5,000 square feet in a single main floor, compared to 2,800 in the existing building. The fire station will contain 4,900 square feet and two bays, each capable of holding two fire trucks.

The existing city offices do not comply with the Federal Disabilities Act for handicapped access and do not have enough storage space. Boxes and filing cabinets can be found in unlikely places - even under the mayor's feet as he presides over council meetings.

The two structures will be financed by $258,000 in the city's capital improvement fund and $492,000 borrowed from restricted funds. The loan will be paid back, with interest, by a franchise tax of 3 percent on resident and business utility bills. The tax was imposed early this year and will be terminated when the loan is repaid.

A bonding proposal to finance the new city offices was defeated in 1990.

The city tentatively plans to build a park and museum on the new buildings' seven-acre lot.