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Story last updated at 4:49 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some city offices temporarily move to old Homer Intermediate School



Photo by Michael Armstrong

Workers with East Road Services do dirt work last week for the expansion of Homer City Hall.

With construction proceeding on the new Homer City Hall renovation and expansion, three city departments have moved out of the noise and dust to temporary quarters in the old Homer Intermediate School.

The planning, administration and information technology departments are now in the city building on Woodside Avenue at the west end of Pioneer Avenue.

City Manager Walt Wrede's office, part of administration, also has moved.

Local contractor Steiner's North Star Construction has the $1.8 million contract to add a 4,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the 9,000-square-foot building.

Although Steiner's crews could have worked with all departments remaining in the old city hall building, to speed up construction Wrede elected to have the departments most impacted moved out. Construction should be finished by November or December.

The clerk's office and the finance department remain in city hall, as does the Ralph Cowles Council Chambers and the mayor's office.

Visitors can still enter on the upper level off Pioneer Avenue or the lower level of the parking lot.

The temporary city offices are in classrooms and offices formerly occupied by the west campus of Kachemak Bay Campus.

The college moved out in May at the end of the semester and after Steiner's finished building Bayview Hall, the second building at Kachemak Bay Campus next to City Hall on Pioneer Avenue.

All city departments formerly in city hall can be reached at the 235-8121 phone number. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday.