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City Hall in Bay City will reopen Thursday

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(12/10/13) - It's been three years since a fire in Bay City heavily damaged City Hall.

In the aftermath, workers were scattered to temporary offices.

Several million dollars and some major renovations later, the historic building is ready to welcome back workers and the public.

For the past three years, the Bay City City Hall has been closed, but on Thursday, the doors will open.

We spoke with a Bay City woman who can't wait to walk inside. She was there when the building caught on fire in October 2010.

It was caused by a worker on a crew who was putting a new roof on the building. There were no injuries, but flames, smoke and water caused a lot of damage.

For the past three years, city workers have had to work out of several offices until they could move back into the city hall. Right now, they're in the process of moving back inside of the historic 19th century building.

Kathy Leikert, who has lived here for nearly 60 years, says she remembers visiting the city hall a few days after it caught on fire three years ago.

"I'm happy it's back and it's going to open soon. I think they did a beautiful job, it's a great symbol of Bay City. We've used it many times as a symbol of Bay City, so I'm glad we took care of it and brought it back to even better than it was before. It's improved I think. Anxious to seed the inside," she said.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place next month. There will also be tours that day.

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