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SPRINGVILLE -- There was a ribbon cutting Friday for the new Springville City Hall. The new building is welcome news after dramatic growth in recent years had city offices crammed into a building built nearly 50 years ago. It's a huge building compared to the old City Hall next door, which has served Springville since the early 1960s.
Springville City Administrator Troy Fitzgerald said, "The general tone of the community has been a lot of excitement about seeing progress and getting city offices which fit the size the city has become the past few years."
Plans for the new City Hall have been underway since 1997. Construction has been going on for the past 15 months, and now the 70,000-square-foot building includes a city council chambers with room for up to 400 people.
There is a spacious justice court, and now the Springville Police Department has a brand new facility, including a new 911 dispatch center, more room for officers to work, and even a few holding cells for inmates.
And the new City Hall will allow for a new library to be built on the same block. Fitzgerald explained, "The existing City Hall houses our library, and next spring we will begin construction on a new library and we will demolish the existing City Hall and turn it into green space, and we will end up with more open space than when we started the project."
The new City Hall does have a big price tag of nearly $12 million, but city leaders believe it will serve the community for decades to come.
"I think the thing we are most excited about is to increase our service to the citizens and increase the reliability of the services we provide for the citizens of Springville," Fitzgerald said.
Earlier this summer, Springville also opened a brand new fire station, which is just north of the new city hall.