New Tuttle City Hall features tornado shelter

The new 16,000-square-foot Tuttle City Hall will feature a tornado shelter that can house up to 985 people in the event of severe weather.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: May 8, 2012
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Tuttle's new city hall is heading toward completion later this fall, and it will feature an amenity many cities don't have.

The new $3 million city hall will replace the old building the city outgrew decades ago.

The new two-story structure will be 16,000 square feet and will include a tornado shelter that can accommodate up to 985 people.

“We are in a part of town where there are some people who do not have access to storm shelters,” City Manager Tim Young said. “We felt like it was important to make sure it was available.”

The original city hall is a fraction of the square footage and was built in 1900. It is so small, city council meetings are held at another location.

“It used to be a grocery store and a fire station,” Young said. “And I think in some ways it gets confusing to people as far as where we meet and where our current building is.”

The new council chamber will seat 150 people and will have a community work space in the back that can accommodate up to 75 people for meetings.

The new facility is expected to be completed in September, with an October move-in date possible.

Young said most of the feedback about the new city hall has been favorable.

“Most people are looking forward to it,” he said. “Some people question why we're building it, but we do have a need for it. We don't have the meeting or storage space, and we have to meet in a separate building.”