SARATOGA SPRINGS – With the COVID-19 state of emergency lifted, the historic Saratoga Springs City Hall on Broadway will reopen to the public for the first time in nearly three years on Monday, Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced Thursday.
The building had already been off limits for nearly two years due to repairs needed after a lightning strike caused fire and flooding when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. The renovations were completed last summer and over time most employees have returned to the building, but until now it has been off-limits to the public.
Scirocco said the impetus for re-opening was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement Wednesday that the state of emergency due to the pandemic was lifted.
“The beautifully renovated City Hall and the Department of Public Works will be open to the public on Monday now that the state of emergency has been lifted,” Scirocco said. “We will also announce an event in the near future to commemorate the renovation and restoration project along with City Hall’s 150th anniversary.”
The building, which opened in 1871, was closed on Aug. 17, 2018, after a lightning strike caused a small fire that damaged storm drains, causing extensive flooding in the building. While city operations were immediately moved to the city Recreation Center, the building remained closed pending repairs. As long as the building needed repairs, the City Council decided to do a full renovation, replacing aging electric, plumbing and air-handling systems and renovating offices. The final cost was around $12.7 million.
City Court has been operational for several months, resulting in a partially opened building, while city offices were closed or allowed by appointment only. The city is recommending that the public follow current Centers for Disease Control guidelines, meaning unvaccinated individuals should wear masks, and sick individuals remain out of the building.