The new Westmills elevator shaft, an upgrade to the existing one, opened to the public Wednesday.

The $3.6-million Westmount upgrade to two new elevators, the first to open in Ottawa in almost a decade, opened for the first time Wednesday.

“I thought it was a beautiful, beautiful place,” said Ottawa resident Sarah Stier.

“We are thrilled to finally have it open.”

The new elevator shaft will also connect to the westside of Ottawa’s old Westmount Shopping Centre, a development that was originally slated to be demolished and replaced with condos.

It was built in the early 1980s, and is now home to restaurants and stores.

It will also be the first elevator in Canada to be connected to a road in Ottawa, and will connect to Ottawa’s existing northbound and southbound routes.

“The elevator shafts are a great addition to the east side of the city, particularly on our main street,” Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement.

“The City of Ottawa has worked closely with the private sector to ensure the elevators are a strong asset for Ottawa.”

The elevator will open at 5 p.m.

(ET) Wednesday, with regular service starting at 6 p.