PLAINVILLE — An official groundbreaking ceremony was held early Monday night for the new town hall and public safety building that will be built on the site of the old Wood School off South Street (Route 1A).

About 100 residents, town employees and town officials turned out for the ceremony for the $34 million municipal complex, which is being paid for with funds from Plainridge Park Casino in town.

The buildings will replace the outdated and cramped town hall and public safety building.

Work on the new town hall is expected to begin first as the site, close to South Street and across from the library, is vacant. The public safety building is planned where the former school sits.

Old Wood School, which will be torn down after asbestos is removed, served the town for decades. A new Wood School is located off Messenger Street (Route 106).

The groundbreaking ceremony was broadcast on YouTube live.

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