Gazette News Report
XENIA — Xenia’s new city administration building will open for utility billing and income tax department customers beginning Tuesday, Oct. 18.
The planning and community development departments will also open at that time.
To facilitate the move, the aforementioned offices will be closed Friday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 17 as they transition into the facility.
Only the building’s first floor will be open to citizens.
Other city departments are projected to move during the next two weeks.
— City clerk and finance offices will closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18-19 and open Thursday, Oct. 20.
— City manager’s office will be closed Thursday, Oct. 20 and open Friday, Oct. 21.
— Human resources will be closed Friday, Oct. 21 and open Monday, Oct. 24.
— Economic development will be closed Monday, Oct. 24 and open Tuesday, Oct. 25.
— Information technology will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 25 and open Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The new 24,000 square-foot building, 107 E. Main St., will serve as the public’s one-stop shop to conduct city business.
The new facility will also relieve the overcrowded space at the current Xenia City Hall, which will be renovated into the Xenia Justice Center, and provide more space for the Xenia Police Division, 911 dispatch, municipal court, probation, law department and victims assistance operations, all while providing increased safety and security for citizens. Public access will remain uninterrupted at the present city hall building during the transition of the other city offices.
“This signals a new era for citizens of Xenia as we strive to provide better response times and customer service to the many needs of our residents through a facility that will offer a much improved service level than what we currently have,” City Manager Brent Merriman said. “At the same time, this bond-financed administrative building and city hall renovation plan will allow critical police and justice services to be delivered in a manner that will be even more reflective of important criminal justice system best practices.”
For more information, visit xplorexenia.com.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.