Kure Beach Employees Preparing To Move Into New Town Hall Complex

Town of Kure Beach employees are preparing to move into their renovated and expanded Town Hall, Police and Fire complex in March. They will be closing down operations at their temporary Town Hall location for a period of time to facilitate the move. They plan to reopen on March 18th. See report below... Town of Kure Beach employees are preparing to move into their renovated and expanded Town Hall, Police and Fire complex in March. They will be closing down operations at their temporary Town Hall location for a period of time to facilitate the move. They plan to reopen on March 18th. See report below...

Kure Beach Employees Preparing To Move Into New Town Hall Complex Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 27 February 2019 16:12

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

KURE BEACH - The Town of Kure Beach is preparing to move into their new Town Hall, Police and Fire complex at 117 Settlers Lane on March 18th.

The Town held a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday February 20th, 2018 at the Town Hall property.

The Town Council unanimously approved a measure in 2017, to begin seeking financing for the $5.5 million dollar project to renovate and expand Town Hall, their Police Station and build a new Fire Station.

The Council voted at their August 17th, 2017, meeting to hire Constructive Building Solutions, LLC, of Wilmington, NC, to serve as project manager for an upcoming project to renovate and expand Town Hall and build a new Fire Station. The total estimated cost of the project was $5.5 million dollars. Constructive Building Solutions will be paid $85,400 for a 12-month time frame with an hourly rate of $125 for "Council requested items over and above the scope of services included in the proposal.

The budget included $3 million for a new Fire Station and $2 million dollars for the expansion and renovation of the Town Hall and Police Station.

According to the Town, the old Police, Fire and Town Hall buildings were constructed 20+ plus years ago in the 1990's and had not been expanded since. Staffing had more than doubled over the years. The Fire Department used to consist of mostly volunteers, but now has eight full time employees, plus volunteers.
Statutory requirements regarding retention of documents, police evidence storage, fire required equipment and turn out gear have also increased over the years. This has resulted in inadequate office space for staff, cramped storage space for evidence and document retention.

In a narrative for the project is states, "Because of the growth of the town as a full time residence and the increase of visitors and demands for services, the subject of space needs was addressed by Town Council in 2016. It was decided that the Town Hall building will be expanded to add new offices for Building Inspections and Recreation staff, an additional conference room, additional document vaults and a larger Council room."

The Police Department building will be updated and expanded into the current attached building used by Fire Personnel. A new Fire station will be constructed on land adjacent to the Town Hall complex. Additionally, the traffic and parking layout will be re-designed to add 48 more parking spaces to accommodate visitors and staff. Town Council expects these improvements will serve the town needs adequately for 25 years or more.

The design includes expanding the Town Hall building to add offices, additional document vaults and a larger Council room. The Town Hall building houses three departments. It also includes renovation of the existing Police building with expansion into the current Fire Station for use by the Police Department. Additionally, a
new Fire station is to be constructed on land adjacent to the Town Hall complex, and the traffic and parking layout were re-designed to add 48 more parking spaces.

The temporary location for Town Hall and Police Department personnel is at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area located approximately two miles south of the current Town Hall site on Fort Fisher Boulevard.

Last week Town Clerk Nancy Avery explained, "We are very pleased to announce that the expansion and renovation of the Town Hall and Police Station is coming to a close. To allow time for staff to move out of the temporary location back to the new facility, the Town Council is announcing the closure of the Administration, Building Inspection, Finance, Police and Recreation offices to the public beginning Monday, March 11th through Friday, March 15th. All offices will reopen for business as usual at the 117 Settlers Lane location on Monday, March 18th."

Avery explained, "Utility payments during this week may be paid either on line on the Town’s website at www.townofkurebeach.org or mailed to Town Hall, 117 Settlers Lane, Kure Beach, NC 28449. Phone service during this time will go to voice mail with calls being returned on Monday, March 18th. Police officers will be on patrol during this week, as usual. If there is an emergency situation, please call 911. Fire and Public Works offices are not impacted by this move and will be open for business."

Avery explained the new Fire Station is complete and personnel are utilizing the new station.

She explained, "There is on-going construction and renovation work in both the Town Hall, the Police station and the old Fire station through March 10th, so the complex is not yet open for business. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause. We appreciate your patience while we make this transition and look forward to seeing you at the new Town Hall complex on Monday, March 18th. The drop box for utility payments at Town Hall will re-open on Monday, March 18th."

The Town will hold a grand opening ceremony on Saturday May 11th. Time and details will be released in the coming weeks.

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