FLORENCE, Ore., -- The City of Florence held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to mark the beginning of the city hall remodel and expansion.
The city plans to modernize the interior, update the facade, and expand the building. Since the old building is 50 years old, Mayor Joe Henry said it was time to update it and make it more practical to for everyday use.
The project will cost about $2,992,900, but Henry said they did not have to raise taxes to pay for it.
"In the existing building they kind of have to run all over to get what they need, so we will have one central point where they can take care of most of their business they come in for," Henry said. "In that respect, it will be much more user-friendly for our citizens."
Henry said he is excited about the project and hopes it becomes a point of pride for the city and those who visit the area.
The project is expected to be completed later this year. In the meantime, city staff will be working in a temporary location at 2675 Kingwood Street.