By Camaron Abundes
HOBBS- Hundreds of residents and city officials met at the newly dedicated City Hall Saturday, hoping the project will pump a little life into the heart of the city.
"It brings life to our downtown area," said Director of Services for the City of Hobbs, Ronny Choat.
The First National Bank in New Mexico, stayed closed for more than a decade before city leaders could find a new use for the space.
"It was a beautiful bank building, but it's also a beautiful City Hall," said Reed Chittam, the former President and CEO of the First National Bank.
It took fourteen months from start to finish the renovation project, and cost Hobbs tax payers 7.5 million dollars.