PORTERDALE – The administrative staff in Porterdale could move into a new home within the next 18 months.

The city bought an abandoned house at 10 North Broad St. for $9,120.93 through the general fund in order to renovate and rebuild it into a new City Hall.

Main Street Porterdale Director Teri Haler said through the city’s comprehensive plan created with the help of the Carl Vinson Institute with the University of Georgia in 2010, design students conducted a charette with the council, mayor and city manager in 2012.

“Collectively, the idea came about to eventually redevelop the parcel where the City Hall, the post office and police department sit into a new commercial retail space,” Haler said.

Haler said the new City Hall on North Broad Street will house individual offices for administration once renovated.

Mayor Arline Chapman said the city decided to purchase the house because of its location near the center of the village.

“We do not have adequate office space at the current City Hall; the city manager is currently housed in a portable building. The house that we have purchased is very close to the center of the village and it will provide very workable office space for all who need it,” Chapman said. “We are working on finalizing the plans for the preservation of our historic district. With this in mind, we will do our best to make the renovation compatible with what we hope will be the type of historic renovation that new owners will employ. It will be one more eyesore turned into a lovely house.”

Once those city offices are moved to the new location, Haler said for immediate purposes the old City Hall on Main Street would serve as a community center as well as a place for meetings and court sessions.

The Public Works Department began the renovations in early January. Haler said the renovations could cost between $60,000 to $80,000.

“The department has currently removed the water damaged walls, including the ceiling, during the demolition phase,” Haler said. “We’re replacing the roof to prevent future water damage on the inside.”

An outside contractor who specializes in historic home renovations will need to be hired for other renovations, Haler said.