A new city hall is now open to the public in Mill City, almost two years after an arson fire destroyed the old one.
Crews just completed construction on the building Friday, before dozens of residents gathered for a grand opening ceremony in the afternoon.
After city leaders cut the ribbon, they invited the crowd inside to take a look.
"It's beautiful," said Robin Ostovar, who moved to Mill City last year with her family. "And so many people have helped to put it together."
Ostovar was amazed by the community support she saw at Friday's opening ceremony.
"You can tell how this community comes together so much and everyone here knows everyone and everyone here is family," she said.
Even Ostovar's young daughter was impressed by the new city hall. The family watched construction crews make progress on the building over the last eight months.
"I think it's pretty cool how they did it so quickly. They didn't get much time and they even did it in the rain," Bailey Ostovar said.
Mayor Tim Kirsch said his staff should be able to move into the new building in about four weeks, after crews finish putting in the parking lot.
The new city hall is located at 444 South First Ave., a few blocks away from where the old city hall once stood.
Investigators accuse former finance clerk Joy Cronin of setting the old building on fire two years ago to destroy evidence of misusing city funds.
Deputies arrested her about a year after the fire.
"We just pick up and move forward and move on," Kirsch said. "This is a new step and the new face for Mill City right here."
Cronin is facing felony arson charges. Her trial is scheduled to start in February.
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