New Providence City building opens

PROVIDENCE – The Providence City offices have a new home.

According to City Administrator Skarlet Bankhead, the city staff made the move to the new building located at 164 North Gateway Drive Monday. Starting in February, all meetings will be held in the new building as well.

The prospect of purchasing the building generated mixed feelings among Providence residents. Some debated the need for a new building, but the City Council <a href=”” target=”_blank”>voted 3-2 in favor of the purchase in May 2015</a>. More than one year later, the debate began again. Many considered the purchase too impulsive, and wanted to sell the property. After hours of discussion in front of a standing-room-only crowd, the Council <a href=”” target=”_blank”>voted by the same margin in June not to sell</a>.

The city finally purchased the building for $1.075 million, but it was in need of a remodel to fit the city’s needs. the total cost was expected to reach $1.271 million after the remodel, but Bankhead said the final cost was “slightly over the original remodel budget.”

“We are excited as far as staff goes,” Bankhead said. “We feel we are in a better position to serve the public.”

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