The Vestavia Hills City Hall is going to the chickens. Sort of.
The Vestavia Hills City Council recently agreed to sell the current city hall property on Montgomery Highway to Chick-fil-A.
The fast food restaurant plans to open a location at the city hall site once the new Vestavia Hills City Hall is built.
The city’s agreement with Chick-fil-A means Vestavia Hills can continue operations at the current city hall until the new 57,000-square-foot city hall is completed. The new city hall is expected to be finished by August 2015. The city is building the new city hall complex at the site of the former Food World and Joe’s Ranch House. Vestavia Hills paid $1.15 million for the Food World site and $825,000 for the Joe’s Ranch House property.
Vestavia Hills City Manager Jeff Downes said Chick-fil-A has agreed to pay $1.5 million for the current city hall property.
The current city hall at 513 Montgomery Highway was built in the 1950s. It wasn’t initially designed as a municipal building. It currently doesn’t meet the needs of the police or fire administration, city officials say.
The current city hall has about 35,000 square feet.