Two 1/2 years after rampage destroyed it, Granby town hall rebuilt |

Two 1/2 years after rampage destroyed it, Granby town hall rebuilt

GRANBY ” A new Town Hall opened for business here more than two years after a man with a grudge and a fortified bulldozer destroyed it.

Marvin Heemeyer, a 52-year-old muffler-shop owner who had a dispute and zoning battles with the town, spent months fortifying a bulldozer with concrete and steel plates before going through a 90-minute rampage in June 2004. Thirteen buildings were damaged, with six ” including Town Hall ” total losses.

On Tuesday, town officials proudly showed off the gleaming $3.2 million, 17,000-square-foot red-brick building that replaced a cramped edifice that doubled as the town’s library.

“Way more good has come out of this than the bad stuff,” said Mayor Ted Wang, proudly showing off the municipal building a block off U.S. 40.

A modern glass-and-steel library sits across the street.

“We wanted to have a civic center where, in a sense, you could do one-stop shopping,” Wang said. “The whole idea is for a gathering place that people will use.”

Town council chambers feature state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment that can be reconfigured to be used by community groups.

An unfinished basement could become public meeting rooms, and there’s space in front of the building for art fairs and concerts.

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