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Oldsmar shows off new digs for City Council, Chamber of Commerce and more

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The City Council and the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce showcased their new quarters in the former Oldsmar Bank building during an open house Tuesday. It took two years to complete a $2.6 million renovation of the historic landmark on State Street, which opened more than 90 years ago as the city's first bank. It later served as a grocery, post office, apartments, City Hall and, most recently, Oldsmar's library, which moved into a new building on St. Petersburg Drive in 2008. Now the restored, 8,500-square-foot building will house offices for the Chamber of Commerce, the Oldsmar Historical Society and Pinellas sheriff's deputies, as well as new chambers for the City Council on the second floor.

Time line

1919: Building opens as Oldsmar's first bank

1975: City leases Oldsmar Bank building, with plans to buy it and save it from demolition. Building is renovated to house Oldsmar City Hall and council chambers.

1991: Oldsmar City Hall and Oldsmar Council Chamber moved out of Oldsmar Bank Building to new City Hall building across the street.

1991-2007: Building houses Oldsmar Library

Sept 2009: $2.6 million transformation begins

Sept. 7, 2011: City Council holds its first meeting in the renovated 8,500-square-foot building

Oldsmar shows off new digs for City Council, Chamber of Commerce and more 10/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:04pm]
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