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    Albany City Hall temporarily closed for renovation


    City staff John Erlich posted a “Closed” sign on the front door of the Albany City Hall, which was closed for renovation Thursday. About 20 city staff were busy packing inside. They will move out of the building and work in temporary offices next week. Photo by Linda (Linjun) Fan.

    The Aministration Department and Finance Department of the City will be relocated at 405 Kains Avenue. The Community Development Department will move across the street to 979 San Pablo Avenue. Their phone numbers will remain the same.

    “We are used to being together. We’ll miss each other,” said Assistant City Administrator Judy Lieberman, who has worked in the building for the past ten years.

    The picture of Albany’s current City Councilmembers was tagged for the moving, with stacks of file folders placed under it.

    The one-story building, built in the 1960s, will be renovated in the following year and a half at an estimated cost of about $7.8 million.

    Future City Council meetings and committee meetings will be held at the Albany Community Center, 1247 Marin Avenue.

    The Police Department and Fire Department will stay in the north part of the building for a few more months before moving out.

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