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Lackawanna is bringing its city hall to the 21st century

Lackawanna eyesore on its way out to usher city hall into 2019
Posted at 5:39 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 17:39:59-04

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Lackawanna eye-sore that serves as the central hub for the city is finally getting kicked to the curb.

Plans are in the works to demolish the building which its current mayor Geoff Szymanski has been working towards for the 8 years he has been in office, he told our reporter.

He added that the two mayors before him had been working towards the same task.

It’s a building people say is straight out of the 70s, standing on stilts in the “dingbat architecture” style.

Those people aren’t far off. It was built in 1968 and only expected to function for 30 to 40 years maximum, according to Mayor Szymanski.

Nearly 50 years later…Szymanski says the building is too big, too unstructurally sound, and too dated to continue to serve the community well.

Council bought the Knights of Columbus building just up the street to house the new home for city hall.

Szymanski will not be in office when the move happens in the next year or two because his term is up, but he said the plan right now is to have a seamless transition from one building to the newly renovated one - so services are not interrupted for residents.