NORCROSS -- Ten years after building a new City Hall, Norcross will refurbish the interior of the building.
The upgrades include a more contemporary feel to the dramatic rotunda and police department, with warmer colors and more inviting furniture groupings, a press release said. Wood benches will be upholstered and new pieces added to create more seating in the large open space of the rotunda.
"Wherever possible, we are refurbishing what's already in there," City Manager Rudolph Smith said in a press release. "Much of that furniture just needed to be repaired and re-stained to make it look appealing again, and not only is that easily accomplished, it saves the city a good deal of money as compared to going out and buying everything new."
Based on recommendations from residents volunteering for a redecorating committee, plans include new carpet and tiles for the floor and new trim and ceiling tiles to give the police department lobby a "fresher and brighter look." In vein with the city's reputation as a "green community," lights will be replaced with LED fixtures.
Framed art, trophies, plaques and memorabilia will be moved to places that better showcase them, and photos of former Police Chief Grady Simpson and long-time employee Rossie Brundage, which were fading, are being digitized and painted over so they look like original oil paintings, the release said.
"There are so many great archival pieces around, but they just weren't being shown off to their best advantage in most cases. We're pleased with how the decorating committee has thought of creative ways to preserve that history and showcase it, rather than replace it," Smith said, thanking volunteers Kathy Nau and Julie Burton. "When they're done, City Hall will be a beautiful blend of the old and the new, just like much of the rest of the city."
With the $55,000 project due for completion by the end of November, Smith asked that visitors "pardon our dust."