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Aberdeen keeps historic downtown alive

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History is something every city likes to have in its downtown, and Aberdeen is no different.
Its city hall, built in 1913, is getting a facelift. In order for this to happen, city workers needed somewhere else to go. For the past 4 months they have been working in another historic building, the old Central High School.

"It's been an adventure, I think we are all getting used to working in very close quarters with each other, with phones ringing with people, and noise," Public Works worker, Sue Boynton said.

"All of us are very pleased with the fact that it was deemed to be a structurally sound building, so we could consider doing the renovation," city manager Lynn Lander said.

Several original city hall features will be saved. The floors will be kept, the marble stairways will be kept, and the stained glass windows will also be kept.

"I am so excited that we are saving that building. It's a beautiful building. It has beautiful floors a beautiful window. I miss not being able to see those stained glass windows every day," Boynton said.
Aside from being appealing to the eye, the historic building is beneficial to a community in another way as well.

"Renovating the building is considerably cheaper than building a new structure, so we actually saved the people of Aberdeen money in the long run," Lander said.

Construction is scheduled to be finished this November.


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