Golden shovels stood at attention Monday afternoon, June 23, as a group of dignitaries, young and old, gathered to witness the big moment.
It was the groundbreaking for the city of Snoqualmie’s first true City Hall.
“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please grab your shovels,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson.
“It’s a very historic time for us,” said Larson, who looked back on the pivotal 4-3 council vote that approved construction. The council was split between caution and determination, the mayor said, but the city must walk its talk.
“There’s been a lot of nervousness about whether the downtown was being abandoned by the city,” Larson said. “This is a clear signal that, no, it’s not being abandoned. This is a signal that it’s worthwhile investing in your neighborhoods.”
Construction at the site at River Street and Maple Avenue is estimated to take about eight months.