Sherman Municipal Building to get major exterior restoration

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SHERMAN, Texas -- The Sherman Municipal Building will soon get a major exterior restoration following the city council's recent allocation of a $260,000 budget.

The roughly 90-year-old Municipal Building currently hosts about 280 events per year in both the Kidd-Key Auditorium and the ballroom in the basement. In addition, there are six city departments housed inside.

But in order to keep that up, Don Keene, Sherman's director of community and support services, said the building needs somewhat of a facelift, for two reasons.

The first is to keep history alive, and the second is to save the city a pretty penny by not constructing a new building.

The restoration, which will begin either late August or early September and will last about three to four months, is the second phase of work for the building.

The first phase was completed last year, Keene said, and included major roof repairs and reconstruction of a sidewalk that previously let water flow into the sides of the building. That portion of work cost $120,000.

This second phase will be the restoration of brick and mortar, as well as the waterproofing of the entire exterior.

"Instead of going out and spending lots of money on a new building, we utilize what we have," Keene said. "And this is just an ongoing effort to take care of the building and make sure that little problems don't become big ones."

The building will remain open during the restorations.