Updated 10/09/2012 02:48 PM
Third City Hall not permanent
There's a new City Hall in the City of Troy, the third since 2009. The Hedley building will be fully operational starting next Monday, but how long this time before they pack up and go again? Our Megan Cruz found out.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "There we go! Now I center it."
One picture down, a couple more to go as Troy Planning Commissioner Bill Dunne continues settling into his new office. On Tuesday, he and some of his coworkers arrived for their first day of work in the new City Hall.
"Happy to be here!" said Dunne. "Kind of want to stay here for a little bit. It's not a lot of fun moving."
But moving's been part of the norm recently. In the last several years, Troy's City Hall has been in three different buildings: 1 Monument Square, 1776 6th Avenue and now the Hedley building at 433 River Road. Mayor Lou Rosamilia says unfortunately, don't put away the packing crates just yet.
"I'm sure it's getting a little bit old for them, but as a mayor, it's my responsibility to do what's right for the residents of Troy," he said.
And that is actually owning City Hall.
"Once we own the building, we no longer will be paying lease," said Rosamilia. "And that's cost savings."
Some pluses to this new lease agreement? Well at $27,000 a month, rent is much cheaper than at their previous location. Also, the 10 year lease has outs every two years.
"If something becomes available to us or we find a building that's economically the way to go, we can do that," said Rosamilia.
Dunne says Hedley's a great fit for now.
"The old facility had seen better days," he said. "The carpets were stained, it was a little bit of a maze.”
Another great feature of the new City Hall is that Council Chambers will be onsite. At the old City Hall, the council met at Christ Church United Methodist a couple blocks away.
In the meantime, the search continues for the perfect City Hall.
"State-of-the-art, easily accessible to residents, something that the city can be proud of," said Rosamilia.
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