A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Woodmont Borough Hall at 128 Kings Highway took place on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman took part in the ceremony, as did a number of city and state officials.

The groundbreaking was a big day for borough residents and officials, who have been working more than three years to see the old Fire Station Number 5 turned into the Woodmont Borough Hall.

The Board of Aldermen voted in recent years to give Woodmont the old fire station for $1. The city wasn't using the station anymore because it was replaced with the new East Side Fire Station.

Planning stretched over more than three years on the east side of Milford, where Woodmont officials met many times to plan and approve a means of acquiring the building once the city decommissioned it. During that time the borough got word that it would receive a $500,000 state STEAP grant to help renovate Fire Station No. 5.

The building will be the borough hall, but during emergencies it also will be part of the city's emergency response system. It will not be a full-fledged shelter because guidelines require there be room for pets, almost a kennel like setting.

Once the new borough hall is ready, the existing borough hall will be put on the market for sale.

Check back for a detailed article about Saturday's ceremony and photos from the event.