Norcross' city hall rotunda and police department lobby are getting an update on their looks.
In a news release, the city said the municipal building will be renovated to have a more "contemporary feel, with warmer colors and more inviting furniture grouping." Some of the updates will take place during non-office hours through Sept. 30, but the entire project is expected to be finished by the end of November.
With the help of the redecorating committee and residents Kathy Nau and Julie Burton, the interior makeover comes after a 10-year gap from the city's last renovation. The existing wood benches in the lobby and rotunda will be upholstered with new fabrics, and new pieces will be added to create more sitting areas. New LED lights will replace the older lighting, and new paint, carpet, trim and ceiling tiles will be installed.
"Wherever possible, we are refurbishing what's already in there," explained Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith in the release. "Much of that furniture just needed to be repaired and re-stained to make it look appealing again, and not only is that easily accomplished, it saves the city a good deal of money as compared to going out and buying everything new."
Additionally, the framed artwork, trophies, plaques and memorabilia have been redone to better showcase the collection, according to the city. Fading photos of former Police Chief Grady Thompson and employee Rossie Brundage have been digitalized and painted to look like oil paintings.
"There are so many great archival pieces around, but they just weren't being shown off to their best advantage in most cases," said Smith. "We're pleased with how the decorating committee has thought of creative ways to preserve that history and showcase it, rather than replace it. When they're done, City Hall will be a beautiful blend of the old and the new, just like much of the rest of the city."
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