A new town hall, a project three years in the making, is opening for business in St. Albans Town the week of December 5.

Town Manager Carrie Johnson says the old building, which was built in the 1800’s, was too small and became unsafe for staff. The new 13,000 square-foot, one-story building, about a half-mile away, will give the adminstation room to grow.

“We’re really excited to be here,” she said. “It provides a lot of room for expansion for the town. It’s a much more efficient building.”

The new facility has meeting rooms and a walk-up window for the public. It also includes a security system.

“I think this building is going to be a lot healthier for everyone,” said Town Clerk Anna Bourdon.

Bourbon says the vault for paper records in the old building was about filled to capacity, and the top floor did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“In Vermont, you have to keep all land records and it was just getting really really small,” she said.

Residents approved funding for the new building, which cost about $5 million.

Johnson says plans for the old building include a daycare, but “we’re not ready to let it go yet.” It will need extensive renovation that could take several years to complete.