UPDATE 8/16/13 @ 4:55 p.m.
LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The new Logan state office building, that has been ten years in the making, was dedicated Friday.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined federal, state and local leaders to dedicate the new home for state government services in Logan County.
"This is a great day for the people of southern West Virginia. No longer will they have to drive to Charleston in order to receive quality government services," said Governor Tomblin. "Six state government offices are under one roof offering one-stop service with free parking in the heart of downtown Logan. I am pleased to officially dedicate this building and join local leaders in welcoming the additional business activity our state employees and constituents have already brought to area businesses like The Closet Shop, Rock City Cake Company, and 317 Steakhouse, among others."
The building is home to the Department of Health and Human Resources, WorkForce West Virginia, Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner, State Tax Department and Workforce Investment Board.
A total of 127 state employees are now working at this location.
The Logan state office building is located at 130 Stratton St. in Logan.
Offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“It's great to be beside a new building. It does make downtown Logan look better,” Renee Lawrence said.
Lawrence started working at Nu-Era Bakery 10 years ago, about the same time work started on the state building next door.
“I did not think they were ever gonna open. Never,” Lawrence said.
With problems from the beginning, some of the major obstacles started in 2010 when the Aracoma Hotel next door caught fire.
A few months later, construction was back underway when Native American bones were discovered -- delaying the project yet again.
After all of that, Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti is proud of what has been accomplished.
“It’s very high tech,” Nolletti said.
Just about everything in the building is energy efficient and hands free.
There are motion sensors in every room, as well as lights that dim based on the amount of sunlight coming in.
“We're just tickled to death. There's been a lot of heartache, a lot of crying, but now we're celebrating,” Nolletti said.
“It means a lot to the town,” Sen. Art Kirkendoll, D-Logan County, said. “It's a beautiful building. Keep our jobs, retain our jobs. That's the main thing.”
More people working in the state building means more customers at businesses like Nu-Era.
“It wouldn't bother me if we had 15 customers in one minute. I love it,” Lawrence said.
Workers with the DHHR started moving into offices this week.
Other businesses and organizations will be moving in during the next couple of months.
The hope is to have a grand opening sometime this fall.
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