Saratoga Springs expects lightning-struck City Hall to reopen completely in March

August 20, 2019 06:25 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - It was August 17th, 2018 when lightning hit City Hall.

It's been out of commission ever since, but the city said Tuesday work is progressing toward a December re-opening.

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It was a Friday night last August when a bolt hit the roof of City Hall and melted a storm drain in the middle of a torrential downpour. The rushing water destroyed or damaged much of the building.

Just a couple days later, the City Council set up business in the gym of the Recreation Center, a temporary home for City Hall.

But a year later, they're still there.

And people want their gym back and the city wants its hall back.

"That's the goal is to get out of there, get in here," DPW Commissioner Skip Scirocco said Tuesday while standing in what used to be the entrance to his department.

After months of asbestos abatement, demolition and construction are rolling along simultaneously.

Scirocco saying Tuesday that the first two floors of City Hall, will be open and ready for business before the end of the year.
There'll be new lighting, new central air conditioning, a renovated music hall on the top floor, new office configurations and a new state-mandated second courtroom.

The entire project will cost $10 million, about $2.1 million coming from insurance.

"I think it was a godsend because we're able to put the second courtroom in," said Scirocco. "We're able to do things we wouldn't normally be able to do."

Scirocco says all of the renovations will be complete in March of 2020.


Mark Mulholland

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