HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- A major construction project kicked off in downtown Harrisonburg on Friday.
The goal is to replace the aging city hall that sits in Harrisonburg right with a new facility. It will take about 18 months to complete.
Leaders and construction teams broke ground on the new building Friday morning. Nielsen Builders is the company heading up the work.
They expect anywhere from 50 to 60 workers to be on site. They say the construction costs for the new space comes in to about $9 million. Once finished, the project doesn't just help those working in the old building; it helps the community too.
"If you've been into our old city hall, we have a very big hallway and lots of steps to get anywhere in the facility. We will relocate most of the services or departments that the citizens come into to visit, whether it be the treasurer, commissioner of revenue, or voting registrar," shared Harrisonburg Mayor Ted Byrd.
If you're looking for a parking space near this construction site, make sure you plan ahead. Much of the parking lot near the site has been transformed into a work zone.
While the work is going on, you can park:
-In front of City Council Chambers or the Community Development building, 409 S. Main St.;
-To the north of the Municipal Building, in between the Municipal Building and the former School Board building, which is the closest parking to the Municipal Building’s handicapped accessible
-Public parking lot behind the Municipal Building, accessible from Liberty Street;
-Water Street parking deck; and
-On street parking is also available along Main Street.
For the builders, working downtown isn't the easiest project.
"Obviously, building in a city environment where everything is very close and tight is a challenge, but we do have a lot of good people, craftsmen and contractors, who are going to be able to do this and do it well," explained Tony Biller, President and CEO of Nielsen.
You can track the building's progress by clicking the link to the right.
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