The proper and smarter place to move the city hall offices is into the former Dunham building, which the city already owns. At the beginning of the mall controversy my suggestion was that the city make a commitment to its own downtown mall by locating city hall there with new chambers for the Common Council, mayor and councilmen.
As with all other suggestions from the public, the mayor had his own plan which many residents did not agree with. He preferred to hear the public's ideas at open meetings but, in effect, he decided to destroy something perfectly viable. Being creative is always more productive. This mayor's creativity and business sense locate themselves in his shoes.
I am sorry but another with more creative ideas was badly needed and spend-thrift ideas serve no purpose but are usually found in government.