Updated 10/15/2012 06:20 PM
New City Hall opens in Troy
For the second time in three years, Troy has a new city hall. The fifth floor of the Hedley Building officially opened to the public Monday. As you might expect, these moves don't come cheap. Our Solomon Syed has more on the cost, which isn't all about the money.
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TROY, N.Y. -- Sign in with security, hop on the elevator, then head up to the fifth floor. Once you're there, you'll have to navigate more than 36,000 square feet of space. Troy's new city hall may take some getting used, but truth is, you might not have much time to do it.
"We're here for two years, but during that two year period, we will continue to look, yes," said Mayor Lou Rosamilia.
Look for another city hall, that is. The Hedley Building is only viewed as a stop-gap before a permanent city hall becomes available. As the city racks up the relocations, they're also racking up the tab. This move will ultimately cost $225,000. The last one, into the Verizon Building, cost about $650,000.
"Financially, we had to move. It was unsustainable to stay in the other building," said City Councilor Mark McGrath.
Monthly rent in Hedley will be about $20,000 cheaper, even though it comes with a lot more space. In fact, city council meetings will now be held within the confines of city hall for the first time in three years.
"The city council chamber has come out of the wilderness," said City Council President Lynn Kopka. "We can plunk information in our office, share it with others. It's just so much easier."
There's an additional, potential unwelcome wrinkle, too. All guests in the Hedley Building have to check in with the security guard, which raises some concerns about the inconvenience of combining a public office space inside of a private building.
"The city offices should be open to all city residents," said McGrath.
"Once they do it once, it'll be natural to them," said Rosamilia.
Maybe it will, but it'll have to happen soon. As the city moves in, they already have plans to move out.