Work began on LEDAâ€™s (Lincoln Economic Development Association) eventual new headquarters Tuesday when Geymont Construction began tearing down the former First Charter bank drive-through kiosk located at 502 East Main Street, Lincolnton.
The opportunity to begin the first phase Tuesday developed when Jerry Geymont, owner of Geymont Construction, alerted LEDA that he had a crew and equipment ready; Geymont, a member of LEDA, donated his demolition services as an in-kind gift to the LEDA Capital Campaign.
â€œMr. Geymontâ€¦provides continued support throughout the year, for which we sincerely thank him,â€ stated Rhonda Hunter in a news release. Hunter is the director of operations for LEDA.
Hunter also expressed the organizationâ€™s gratitude to First Charter, which so graciously donated the property embraced the opportunity to show support of the tremendous growth in Lincoln County. The donation followed the 2006 opening of First Charterâ€™s new downtown Lincolnton facility at 402 E. Main Street, at which time a drive-through lane was incorporated as part of the main edifice.
Until construction is completed, LEDA remains in a county-owned facility located at the corners of Congress and Academy streets. With the completion, LEDAâ€™s new building will free up much needed space for the county, as well as provide growth opportunity for LEDA. The new headquarters will allow LEDA to more efficiently serve Lincoln Countyâ€™s existing industrial base as well as prospective businesses.
â€œWe are very thankful and appreciative to all for their commitment to economic development in the city and county,â€ stated Hunter in the same news release. â€œThe new site is located at the visual gateway to downtown Lincolnton which makes a strong statement to the county that local businesses, such as First Charter, and our economic development leadership are committed to the growth of our community.â€