Despite the upheaval, service to the community was not interrupted, Salinas said. “Staff worked diligently to ensure that the programs out of the department ran smoothly,” she said. “This building and department, even more so than City Hall, is the city’s true connection to the people,” said Lopez-Reid. “And we are so glad to have it open for business once again.” The building houses a multipurpose room, two conference rooms, offices and work stations for the 11-member staff. The landscaping in front of the building includes palms trees and two “early tradition” style lightposts. “It’s a beautiful building,” Lopez-Reid said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Montebello Parks & Recreation MONTEBELLO – City officials reopened what they called “the face of the city” when they rededicated the Parks and Recreation Building on Wednesday. The 6,000-square-foot building was closed for nearly a year after a fire destroyed one of its storage rooms last December. “I am extremely glad to welcome our staff back home,” said Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe fire prompted the city to close down the facility not only to repair the fire-damaged storage room, but to make other renovations already scheduled. The improvements, which cost $280,000 and were completed by Macco Construction, included painting the building’s interior and exterior, replacing water pipes, installing carpet to replace old tile and making the restrooms comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The building is also fire protected and was made energy efficient, said Tom Castillo, building official. “It feels good being home,” said Municipal Services Director Norma Salinas. “We are just trying to acclimate ourselves back into working in this building.” The parks and recreation staff was displaced and dispersed at City Hall, the Cathy Hensel Youth Center and a trailer adjacent to the Parks and Recreation Building.