Ground-breaking scheduled for Friday

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This graphic image from Oakley Collier Architects shows what the new city hall building will look like. An official ground-breaking is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday. Construction of the 9,295 square-foot building is expected to last about nine months at a total cost of about $1.8 million.

Oakley Collier Architects
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

Work started this week on construction of the new Havelock city hall building.

An official ground-breaking is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday when city officials, architects, contractors and others will ceremonially turn over dirt for the project.

“I think it’s something that the people of Havelock will be very proud of,” said former mayor Jimmy Sanders, who worked with commissioners to get the project funded. “It’s a great design and I’m glad that I had a part in it.”

The 9,295 square-foot building is being paid for by a $1.7 million loan and a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The building, designed by Oakley Collier Architects of Rocky Mount, incorporates room for most department heads in the city plus a commissioners meeting room that will double as a courtroom.

The general contractor, Marand Builders Inc., of Charlotte, won the bid to construct the building over 11 other bidders in August.

Havelock, along with USDA and the architects, issued a notice to proceed to the contractor to begin work last week.

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