KINGSPORT — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen held its first official meeting in the new City Hall on Monday afternoon.

The work session lasted just under 90 minutes and took place in the BMA’s new board room, located on the third floor of City Hall (formerly the Regions bank building on Broad Street). In addition to reviewing the agenda for Tuesday night's cegular meeting — also scheduled to take place in the new City Hall — the BMA heard status reports from the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission and on Aerospace Park.

Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds said that the renovations to City Hall are essentially complete, about 99%, and that the various city departments will begin moving into floors three through six later this month.

Kingsport will also assume control of floors one and two later this month. McReynolds said the plan is to have all city departments moved into the new building by July 1 — the start of the 2022 fiscal year.

The new City Hall consolidates more than 100 employees from six offices to one location. Renovations to the building began in fall 2019 and are estimated to cost about $5.5 million. Kingsport purchased the building in 2018 for $2.82 million. The deal included the six-story building and a 72-space parking lot on New Street.