The Rail City is in the middle of a number of revitalization projects, and one is now almost complete.
The front doors opened to the St. Albans City Hall this week, after nearly 9 months of work.
The building was originally built in 1896 and the city has been planning on updating it since the 1980’s. Taxpayers approved the $2.3 million project on Town Meeting Day in 2015.
“Now was the time. With the city really becoming alive again, city hall really needed to be in step with that revitalization,” City Manager Dominic Cloud said.
One of the main projects was to add space to the City Clerk’s office. The entire space is now three times the size.The office holds an old vault, storing pages and pages of records. The original doorway leading to these documents was preserved.
13 full time staffers work in the building, but now there’s more space for the community. The building now has an auditorium, which can fit about 300 people. Cloud hopes it will be used for parties and concerts.
Another new feature is two elevators, one by the front entrance and another by the back. Cloud says these will help give people better access to the facilities.
“All you have to do is show up on Election Day and watch some of our most ardent voters coming out every year, working their way up these steps to realize we had an accessibility problem,” Cloud said.
The final touches are still being put on the building, but city officials expect the project will be finished by the end of the summer.