ZEPHYRHILLS — The new Zephyrhills City Hall is open for business.
After a busy day of moving staff into the new City Hall on Monday, the building welcomed a steady stream of customers paying their utility bills and doing other business in a fully operational first floor of the facility. The second floor, which holds administrative and human resources offices, is outfitted and will be available for meetings with staff in the coming days, said City Manager Steve Spina.
The City Council chamber is nearly done, as well, and the council hopes to hold its next public meeting there on Oct. 22. For months, members have met in a library conference room to conduct city business.
The new $6 million, 19,000-square-foot facility has been under construction for more than a year in the footprint of the old City Hall built in the 1950s. The council last summer deemed it had outlived its serviceable life. The new facility will have the same address of 5334 Eighth St.
While the inside of the building is ready for customers, work outside will continue for another four to six weeks, Spina said. Workers will finish the landscaping and complete a fountain and a courtyard that connects to the adjacent city library. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new City Hall is planned for November, but no date is set, Spina said.
In the meantime, Spina has stationed an off-duty Zephyrhills police officer in the lobby of the new City Hall to help residents navigate the new layout.
"It is great. It is a beautiful building that will serve the residents of Zephyrhills well for years to come," Spina said.
Meanwhile, the city is holding a public auction on Wednesday to sell furniture and equipment from the old building. A preview of inventory starts at 8 a.m., followed by the auction at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Zephyrhills City Hall Annex at 5344 Ninth St.