Defense cuts could impact area as city takes step toward growth

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 06:18 PM.

The new building, at 9,233 square feet, would include office space as well as a separate courtroom/commissioners meeting room. A lobby will divide the building in two portions, with the main entrance overlooking Cunningham Boulevard.

The site of the new building is between Cunningham Boulevard and the existing city hall, which would allow city staff to continue to work in the old building as construction takes place.

Meanwhile, the city will see another building project come to an end in 2013 with the completion of the fire annex at the east end station. The 3,795 square-foot annex will have 12 or 13 beds for firefighters. The $700,000 project replaces the old annex that had structural and other issues.

The two-phase project also involved renovation of the station bays.

Freeman said firefighters, who have been using the old Cherry Point fire house at Slocum Village as construction has taken place, could be in the annex by the end of February.

Also in the immediate future, Havelock commissioners have a decision on the potential for a new recreation park on 47 acres off Lewis Farm Road near Carolina Pines. The city has a state grant of about $500,000 for the project but would have to partially match the grant with about $75,000 of city money.

In a meeting last month, residents who lived on the road voiced opposition to the project, with one of their concerns being increased traffic and its effects on nearby horse stables and trails. Others spoke in favor of the project, saying the current recreation facility off Fontana Boulevard didn’t have enough space to support the various youth athletic leagues in the city.

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