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RSA Tower lights up at Battle House reopening

MOBILE (AP) — Crowds celebrating the reopening of the historic Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile cheered the lighting of a 91-foot-tall spire atop Alabama’s tallest building that ties into the hotel.

The event Friday night marked completion of the five years it took to build the 35-story RSA Battle House Tower and renovate the Battle House, first built in 1852 and now a Renaissance Hotel.

The $220 million project was funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the state’s $28 billion pension fund headed by David Bronner, who threw the ceremonial switch on the lights.

“Today is a special day for South Alabama and for all of Alabama,” Bronner said.

The spire glowed alternately in hues of purple, green, yellow and blue.

Celebration

The celebration continued Saturday with public tours of the hotel and downtown activities.

“This building represents the spirit and the caring community of Mobile,” Mayor Sam Jones told the crowd.

“And we need to let everyone know that we’re proud of what we have done.”

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