The new-look Hurley Building was revealed publicly this week, as City Council began meeting once again at the facility on Saltonstall Street in revamped council chambers.
City Council will no longer hold regular monthly meetings or Tuesday night committee meetings at City Hall.
Mayor Ellen Polimeni said Council used to meet at the Hurley Building, but in order to broadcast meetings the decision was made to meet at City Hall. One of the changes: The new chambers at the Hurley Building allow for televised meetings.
Polimeni said City Hall is wonderful, historic and impressive, but she didn’t like sitting elevated over the crowd, including over fellow councilmembers. She much prefers being at the same level as the others and the public.
“It’s a nice public assembly place,” Polimeni said. “Parking is easier for the public, and I think that’s important.”
The Hurley Building’s makeover more than provides a place for City Council to meet, however.
The Hurley Building has not seen major work since it was first put to use in 1974.