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  • Jacksonville takes out $1 million loan to renovate 1883 courthouse

    Building is planned to be new City Hall
  • JACKSONVILLE — The City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance to secure $1 million so the former 1883 Jackson County Courthouse can be renovated and turned into the new City Hall.
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  • JACKSONVILLE — The City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance to secure $1 million so the former 1883 Jackson County Courthouse can be renovated and turned into the new City Hall.
    In March, the council voted to go ahead with the project as long as costs did not go much above the $1 million estimate.
    The money will come from Umpqua Bank at an interest rate of 3.04 percent. The loan would be repaid over seven years beginning in 2015.
    Acting as the Jacksonville Urban Renewal Agency board of directors, the council members authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the city calling for the agency to transfer tax incremental revenues to the city to fund loan payments. The building is in the city's urban renewal district.
    Councilor Jocie Wall voted against the resolution.
    An initial floor plan prepared by Jacksonville architect Gary Collins shows the city using 75 percent of the lower floor space, excluding the main hallway, said Mayor Paul Becker. The remainder of the first floor could be leased, he said.
    Mechanical and electrical studies have yet to be completed, said Becker. If those studies show costs are sustainable, hiring of an architect would be the next step.
    Jacksonville received the courthouse from the county in fall of 2012. Studies showed the building needs less seismic reinforcement than originally thought due to use of quality materials and sound building techniques.
    Second floor use has yet to be determined, said Becker. It may be restored to its former open-space configuration.
    "It was used as a ballroom at one time," said Becker. "We are talking about using it as a place for weddings, entertainment, smaller concerts and perhaps meetings."
    Tony Boom is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.
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