Clipped From Pittston Gazette
! CITY HALL SITE. DR. TR0XELL OFFERS A LOT ON BROAD STREET FOR $T,500. Councilmanlc Committee Disposed to Accept the Offer, hut Would Like to Have the New Komi Alongside the Lot More Thau Twenty Feet Wide. There la a prospect that something practical may be accomplished during the present year toward the erection of a new City Hall. A lot on the old Pennsylvania Coal Co. plot, on Broad street, now owned by Dr. E. R. Troxell, is favored by the city authorities, because of the splendid opportunity afforded to secure a well lighted and well - ventilated basement, without doing any excavating, bnttheconncilmanic committee and Dr. Troxell were unable for a long time to come to terms. 'Squire J. K. Ehret, of the West Side, is the agent for the sale of the propei ty, and he hat, had several conferences with the council - men lately, with the result that a final offer has been made to give the city a lot with a frontage of sixty feet, at $125 per foot front, or a total of $7,500. At a recent meeting of the Common Council, an ordinance was introduced by Thomas J. Corcoran, now Mayor, appropriating that sum for the purchase of a lot. This ordinance is now in the hands of the committee on public buildings, of which Mr. Connors is chairman, and it is expected that a favorable report will be made upon it at the next meeting of the lower branch, though there is a disposition to hold it back until some understanding can be had with reference to the new street which it is proposed to open through the Troxell plot, between Broad street and Charles street. An ordi nance authorizing the exchange of th land now occupied by an alley on the up per end of the Troxell plot for a twenty - foot strip near the center of the plot, to be used as a public street, has been passed by the Common Council and is now in the hands of the public buildings committee of the Select Council, of which Mr. Hennigan is chairman. It is wisely con sidered that the public street at the Bide of the City Hall should be wider than twenty feet, and an effort will be made to have the ordinance changed in this respect. The street should certainly be made wider, whether a city building is to be erected thereon or not, and provis'on should be made, if possible, to secure a wider strip say thirty - six feet, the same as Church and Kennedy streets, which it will connect.