ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — City Hall upgrades are on the way after the Ardmore City Commission approved a $33,000 architectural design process at Monday's meeting.

"It is going to take some time, and I think that's going to be because we're going to keep doing business," said Assistant City Manager Kevin Norris.

Corner Greer and Associates has been assigned to plan out renovations to the three-story building, which dates back to 1937.

Norris said funding for the construction will be included in next year's fiscal budget, with a price tag estimated at $500,000.

"In most city halls, you cannot just walk around everywhere; in our City Hall, you can go down hallways, you can go in people's offices," Norris said. "What we're planning on doing is doing renovations to where we have a foyer, and that you can take care of most of your business right in the foyer."

The announcement for city hall renovations comes after plans were unveiled to build a new Ardmore police station across the street, but Norris said these will be two different projects.

"If that time comes and we do move them out in the next year, two years or however long that takes, we'll bring code enforcement and engineering over into City Hall," he said.

Norris said one reason for the upgrades is to maintain the security of employee-only areas of the building.