Firms have plan to make Proctor’s new City Hall
Published: Saturday, March 6, 2010
By Tom Caprood
TROY — A floor plan of the Proctor’s Theater, obtained by The Record Friday, shows that Columbia Development and BBL Construction Services have a proposal to renovate the famous Fourth Street location into a home for city government.
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According to the floor plan, the historic theater space would remain untouched, with city offices placed around it on a total of six levels. The theater lobby would be renovated and the first floor would also contain retail space available for lease.
Buildings to the north of the theater, including those at 78 and 80 Fourth St., which are both privately owned, would have to be demolished so that an addition could be built onto the Proctor’s building. That addition would house a 160-seat City Council chamber on the first floor, as well as various city departments and offices on its upper levels.
Mayor Harry Tutunjian said that he and Deputy Mayor Dan Crawley had been quietly working on the idea for such a project with Joseph Nicolla, president of Columbia Development, since January and noted the proposal was certainly something to explore, as long as it was financially feasible.
“Since my first days in office, I’ve always looked at Proctor’s as a possibility for City Hall,” said Tutunjian.