City to turn historic building into new city hall

By The Associated Press

NEW ALBANY — A southern Indiana city is moving ahead with plans to renovate a long-vacant retail building dating to the mid-1800s and turn it into the community’s new city hall.

The New Albany City Council voted 5-4 Monday in favor of an agreement with a Louisville, Kentucky, developer to renovate the Reisz Furniture building.

City Attorney Shane Gibson says that restoring the dilapidated building and converting into the Ohio River city’s new city hall will cost about $5.6 million.

The News and Tribune reports the city is expected to move into the renovated building in 2019, tripling the current space for city offices.

Indiana Landmarks says the Reisz building was built in the 1850s as a flour mill but later housed a furniture manufacturer, funeral home, shirt factory and other businesses.

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