Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton gave City Councilmember Pam Tallmadge a brief tour of 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road on Dec. 8, the building where the new City Hall is located and expected to open for business in early 2018.
The 48,000 square feet building, formally a Community & Southern Bank and office building, still has a couple tenants in it that the city is working with to relocate. The entire building will house the all of the city’s administrative offices, the police department, Municipal Court and the City Council chambers and offices.
The main front entrance opens up into a sizable lobby space. To the left is where the bank was once located and is likely where the City Council chambers and Municipal Court will be located, Linton said. A dais is already located in this area, once used by bank professionals. There are also conference rooms and offices. And, yes, there is a small vault, complete with a hefty steel door. Linton said they are unsure how the vault will be used as part of City Hall.
To the right of the main lobby at the front entrance is an office space where a former hospice facility was located and that will become the police department. This area is filled with office space and cubicles.
The second floor of the building, with a balcony overlooking the front entrance lobby, has numerous sizable offices and conference rooms as well as cubicles. There is also a large lobby space that will be more welcoming for visitors who go to City Hall to meet with staff for such things as permits, Linton said.
Design and renovations are the next step and the City Council is expected to hire an architectural firm at its Dec. 12 meeting.