New design plans get general approval from commissioners

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM.

Havelock commissioners agreed to move closer toward construction of a new city hall after seeing building designs during a work session last week.

Timothy Oakley and Ann Collier, of Oakley Collier Architects, presented a schematic floor plan for a 9,233 square-foot building that the board generally liked.

Commissioners also liked that the $1.8 million price works with the city’s arrangement for a $1.7 million loan and $100,000 grant for construction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"We tried to skinny this down as much as possible," said Oakley.

The firm’s original presentation in the spring exceeded the city’s budget for the project, and the board sent the architects back to the drawing board.

The plan calls for city offices and supplementary spaces to be built somewhat separately from the needed courtroom/commissioners meeting room portion of the structure.

A broad lobby will divide the two portions with a main entrance to overlook a parking lot paralleling Cunningham Boulevard.

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