New Alabaster City Hall opens Sept. 23

Published 9:07 am Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alabaster's new City Hall, which is off 11th Avenue, will open on Sept. 23. (Contributed)

Alabaster’s new City Hall, which is off 11th Avenue, will open on Sept. 23. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Alabaster administrative offices and several city departments will join the Alabaster Board of Education in moving into a newly constructed City Hall beginning on Sept. 23.

The new City Hall is off 11th Avenue, which is off Alabama 119 next to the Alabaster Senior Center. The address for the new City Hall is 1953 Municipal Way.

Directions to the new City Hall.

Directions to the new City Hall.

City Manager George Henry said the new building’s first “official” day of operations will be Sept. 23, and said he is encouraging visitors to begin coming to the new building after this week.

Once open, the new building will house several city departments, such as administrative offices, building services and the Alabaster BOE. Currently, the offices are spread out over several buildings, including the current City Hall building on U.S. 31.

The front of the building, which faces the Buck Creek Trail, features two public entrances: One to access the city’s administrative offices and another to access the courtroom and the second-floor Alabaster City Schools central office.

The entrance leading to court and the school offices will require visitors to pass through a metal detector. Once passing through the metal detector, visitors will be able to either enter the courtroom or walk upstairs to the central school office lobby.

Henry said the city will begin holding government meetings in the building in October. The Alabaster City Council’s last meeting in the City Hall Annex building was Sept. 16.

Once the city’s administrative offices have moved out of the current City Hall, the Alabaster Police Department will begin using the entire building.