Demolition starts on Wayne Gilley City Hall

Demolition starts on Wayne Gilley City Hall

LAWTON, Okla._The old city hall building in downtown Lawton stood complete for the last time Monday morning.

Demolition began around 8:30 a.m. Monday at Wayne Gilley City Hall. The building stood on Southwest 4th Street since the 1930's. It was originally Emerson Elementary School, but was converted to City Hall in 1961. Councilman Keith Jackson says the demolition is just the beginning of many changes to come.

"This is the first of the process tearing down some of the building in the area. We are going to be tearing this down and making a green space area. Then get ready to build a new police station, fire station and jail house," Councilman Jackson explained.

The money for the demolition and the new projects was raised from the sales tax   initiative program that was passed by the citizens of Lawton in 2014.

The building was named after Mayor Wayne Gilley, who served Lawton from 1961 until 1971, and again from 1975 until 1989. Gilley was known as "Lawton's Ambassador" because of his love and promulgation of good will. The building was dedicated and named Wayne Gilley City Hall on September 9, 1986.

Crews expect to finish the demolition in October.