Mayor weighs in on aging Columbus Government Center building

(Source: WTVM File)
(Source: WTVM File)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Columbus Government Center is not only the tallest building in the Fountain City but also where all things city government takes place.

After over 40 years, city leaders are now considering to either fix it or build a brand new one.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson believes it is time to address several problems city employees have been currently facing as they come to work at the government center.

Among those issues that Tomlinson mentioned: poor insulation from the glass windows, leading to running up costs on air conditioning and heating.

Also, Tomlinson says that corroding pipes are leaking across several floors of the building.

The mayor weighed in when asked if the city should consider renovating the government center or planning to build a new one.

"First of all, this is a necessity, not an amenity. I know that everybody always thinks, whenever we're getting a new city building, that it's somehow just an amenity. Do we spend a couple million dollars replacing corroding pipes in a building that, really, is no longer serving our needs and is, frankly, dangerous from a safety perspective on many different levels," said Mayor Tomlinson.

The commission has not looked at any estimates on the cost of a new government and judicial center, but when asked what an ideal location could be, the mayor said it makes sense to keep everything in Uptown Columbus.

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