FARGO - The new City Hall here officially opened to the public Monday morning, Sept. 17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
In front of a crowd of city officials, staff members and local business leaders, Mayor Tim Mahoney and city commissioners Tony Grindberg, John Strand and David Piepkorn opened the doors to the new City Hall at 225 4th St. N.
“This facility is designed to house Fargo’s municipal operations into the next century,” Mahoney said at the ceremony.
Construction on the building, which holds 12 city departments and more than 200 city employees, started in 2016.
The total cost for the new City Hall is about $29 million.
The building was designed with the public in mind, Mahoney said.
Departments and services that are most used by the public are located on the first two floors, he said.
While the building is fully staffed and operational, city commissioners will continue to hold meetings at the old City Hall until March 2019 because audio-visual components in the new commission room still need installation, said Gregg Schildberger, city spokesman.
The City Hall was designed to be flexible so if it needs to be expanded the building has the capability to do so, Schildberger said.
The City Hall will have a grand opening late October, when people can take tours through the building, Mahoney said.
“This building is truly a representation of our community,” Mahoney said.
The old City Hall will be demolished over approximately three weeks starting Oct. 15, Schildberger said.
The demolition is expected to cost the city $795,000, including the cleanup.