By Katie Abdilla
GRAND LEDGE- After months of renovation, the new Grand Ledge City Hall soon will open for business.
As of late last year, City Hall will move to the former Greenwood Elementary building, 310 Greenwood Street, which Grand Ledge Public Schools sold for $1 last year.
As the project nears completion, an upgrade in budget might be necessary, project coordinator Brian Delaney said. He said the project was allotted $2.19 million out of Grand Ledge’s fiscal budget.
“We’re coming near the end of the project, and with our budget, it’s become more clear that … we’re going to exceed that,” Delaney said.
Delaney said workers ran into unforeseen costs during renovations, such as structure modification, security equipment and the removal of a storm line underneath the building. City Council approved a budget of $160,000 to spend on furniture for the new building, as well as $91,000 for technological equipment, such as a phone system and video equipment.
Mayor Kalmin Smith said he is happy with the outward appearance of the building.
“I really like the landscaping and what I’ve seen so far,” Smith said.
Mayor Pro Tem Keith Mulder said the building will serve the city well. He said the current City Hall on Jefferson Street has not been renovated for more than a decade.
“They’ve put a fabulous effort into this,” Mulder said. “When the building opens for business, I think it will be received very well.”