City Of Houston Seeks Private Sector’s Help With City Hall Improvements

The first phase of a long-term improvement project includes upgraded lighting and walkways, along with a pressure wash for the building.





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Houston City Hall dates back to the late 1930's, when it was built as a federal public works project near the end of the Great Depression. While the building maintains its original Art Deco style, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says it desperately needs some upgrades.

To do that work, supporters of the effort are launching a big fundraising campaign for the first phase of a long-term improvement project.

As for the building itself, Turner said they want to seal windows and do a much-needed pressure wash. Around the building, they're looking at fresh landscaping, along with upgrades to pedestrian walkways and lighting.

"If you walk around these areas you will see there are a number of public safety hazards," said Turner. "And especially if people are walking at nighttime."

Those improvements are expected to cost just under $5 million. The city hopes to raise funds in the private sector with the help of former Houston first lady Elyse Lanier and businessman Billy Burge.

"What we are learning here at City Hall is we have to leverage with others outside in order to get the resources we need," said Turner.

The city said it hopes to do that work over a period of a few months before moving on to other improvements.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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