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      Bay City Hall renovations keep with the old

      City Hall has been closed since 2010. City leaders plan to move back into the building within the next month.

      Renovations to a century-old building in Bay City are nearing completion but the upgrades are really sending the building back in time.

      It has been three years since an accidental fire started on the fourth floor of city hall forcing city workers to offices elsewhere.

      "We certainly want to get back in our city hall, consolidated and moving the city forward," said Bay City mayor, Christopher Shannon.

      The 19th century building was damaged by smoke and water after the 2010 fire.

      Three years later, the renovation work is almost completed.

      "Fourth and third floor is completely done and we're now working on the second and first floor," said acting City Manager, Dana Muscott.

      Under a coating of work-related dust, city leaders say renovations are keeping with the old.

      Crews have exposed historic elements of the four-story building to maintain the integrity of the building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

      "Really a hybrid of the best of the old and best of the new," said Mayor Shannon.

      Muscott noted that residents will notice some changes.

      "New gold fleck pain that's on the banisters is really going to shine. They will notice the new artwork inside commission chambers."

      New lighting fixtures make the building more energy-efficient and ready to shine just in time for the holidays.

      "I'm thinking our Christmas tree we've always had is going to be up in this building this year, yes," said Muscott.

      City leaders say they plan to move into the building within the next month.

      An open house will be held by the end of the year for the public.

      No city funds have been used for the project.

      The renovations have been completed using grants and insurance money.