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Commissioner questions Shelby County mayor's office renovations

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The county building will basically look the same from the outside when renovations are done, but the interior will be brand new. The county building will basically look the same from the outside when renovations are done, but the interior will be brand new.
Roland takes issue with some of the features and finishes. Roland takes issue with some of the features and finishes.
Roland says the best view in Memphis is from the mayor's gleaming new 11th floor. Roland says the best view in Memphis is from the mayor's gleaming new 11th floor.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Some say recent renovations to the Shelby County administration building are over the top, but the Shelby County mayor defends his new digs and the cost to the taxpayers.

The county building will basically look the same from the outside when renovations are done, but the interior will be brand new. This includes the nearly finished mayor's office that at least one commissioner contends is too nice.

"You're talking about the Taj Mahal up on the 11th floor," said Terry Roland describing recent renovations to the Vasco Smith Administration Building.

Roland says the best view in Memphis is from the mayor's gleaming new 11th floor.

"Reminds me of that show on TV, you know Pimp My Ride? Pimp my office, you what I'm saying?" said Roland discussing the new office.

Roland voted against the $20 million renovation of the 1960s-era building last year. He now takes issue with some of the features and finishes on completed floors including where the mayor and his staff will move as soon as next weekend.

"Maybe do this when times are good, but right now, I think it was a bad decision," he said.

"Basically, we're going to use the same furniture that's in working condition – and, of course, we want the offices to look good," said Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Luttrell responded to Roland's criticism from his current office on the 8th floor. He said the updated building will save taxpayers in the long run.

While a decorator was hired to help make things look nice on his new floor and elsewhere, the overall project is currently under budget.

"So, everything we're doing is in compliance with more efficient standards of operating and really maintaining this building for another, another 50 years," said Luttrell.

The mayor said heating and air and plumbing systems were the most in need of replacement.

Those improvements alone should save millions.

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