Mexico Beach city council talks Parker house, city clerk

Parker House

The Parker House was purchased by the city with plans to turn it into the new city hall.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

The Parker House and vacant city clerk position were the main topics at last week’s Mexico Beach City Council workshop.

The city purchased the Parker House in mid-2011 with plans to turn it into the new city hall. Currently, employees use a small refurbished bank building for all city hall operations.

Shortly after the building was purchased, electrical issues caused a fire that did significant damage to the structure, including a collapsed roof.

Initial repair estimates for the building were $323,000 though it was later determined that it wasn’t financially viable for the city to make the suggested repairs.

As talks between the construction and insurance companies went on, the cost continued to rise, first to $440,000 then to $660,070.

To-date the city has spent $140,000 on repairs and estimates it will take another $393,945 to complete the project.

Additional costs were incurred to bring the building up to commercial grade with updates to the electricity, windows and ventilation systems.

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