Columbia city council headed back home

SC council will began holding meetings in the renovated chambers Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- After more than a year away and spending $1 million, the city council in South Carolina's capital city is heading home.

The State of Columbia reports ( ) that the $1.1 million renovation of Columbia City Hall that started in the summer of 2012 is now complete.

City Council holds its first meeting in its renovated chambers Tuesday.

The 140-year-old City Hall used to be a federal courthouse. The original renovations were budgeted at $500,000 but the price tag more than doubled.

The work includes new carpets and computer work stations, repainted walls and refinished benches. Council members will sit on an elevated dais and the room has new lighting and upgraded video and audio equipment.

While the work was underway, the council held its meetings in North Columbia.