XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Xenia city employees will soon have a new home. City leaders said phase one of the city’s $8.3 million construction and renovation project is nearly complete. The city is spending approximate $5.8 million on the new 24,000 square foot administrative building, to help relieve overcrowding.
“We’re offering the new building as really more of a one stop shop for most city business that needs to be conducted with the city of Xenia and also bringing more activity to Main Street, trying to make sure that Main Street is vibrant and that we have a lot of activity,” City of Xenia representative Lee Warren said.
Departments moving into the new facility include the city clerk and finance department, city manager’s office, human resources, community and economic development, information technology as well as utility billing and income tax department.
The second part of the plan will be a $2.5 million renovation project of the current city hall to convert it into a “justice center” that will house city police, probation and other legal departments.
“Our police department, which is an excellent police department, needed more space, so that really drove the conversation,” Warren said.
Xenia police department is currently located on the basement level of city hall. Soon 70 plus law enforcement personnel will occupy the majority of the historic building.
“We’re doing a lot of things in Xenia to really change the city, but being mindful of our past, but at the same time trying to make sure that we grow for the future,” Warren said.
The changeover for all city employees, from the old building into the new facility, will be complete next week. The justice center renovation project is not expected to be complete until next summer.