Visitors to Columbus City Hall can expect to see a new look inside as part of ongoing renovations that will continue into early 2018.

Contractors were hired to do painting and install new carpet in different city offices starting last month, said Mary Ferdon, executive director of administration and community development.

The upgrades will cost $177,281, with some of that money already budgeted this year through the city’s facilities fund, Ferdon said.

The city hired DJ Perry Decorating/Painting for about $48,000 to put a new coat of paint inside the building, which hasn’t been painted in about 20 years, Ferdon said. The paint’s color is remaining unchanged from apricot white to alabaster, a shade of white.

“Whether it’s in your home or an office, you need to keep up with maintenance,” she said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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