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County to consider design services for Oaklawn building


Staff Writer


Architectural and design services for renovations to the historic Oaklawn building will be up for consideration by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners during its meeting tonight.

The project, which has been in the works for some time, will cost an estimated $685,000, of which $500,000 will come from a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the county last year. Another $100,000 is expected to be contributed by the local branch of the Boys & Girls Club, which plans to use the facility as its base.

The county, meanwhile, previously agreed to chip in $85,000 to replace the building’s roof.

Environmental studies and cleanup work have been taking place at the site throughout the past several months, according to a memo from Planning Director Andrew Bryant to commissioners.

A committee overseeing the project issued a request for proposals in June and recommends commissioners award the contract to Hickory-based CBSA Architects. Fees for the design services are expected to be covered by the CDBG budget.

Also during tonight’s meeting, public hearings will be conducted on conditional-use permit requests for a proposed Family Dollar store on the north side of N.C. 16 Business, roughly 850 feet west of Forest Hills Drive in Catawba Springs Township, for a 225-foot wireless-telecommunications tower at 1875 Buffalo Shoals Road in Ironton Township and for a self-storage facility, located about 300 feet west of N.C. 16 Business on the north side of Sugar Wood Lane in Catawba Springs Township.

Hearings will also be conducted regarding industrial-development incentive grants for a couple of existing businesses.

Other items on tonight’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:

  • Commissioners will consider a request to designate the county as a “Purple Heart County.”
  • Commissioners will consider a resolution authorizing an installment refinancing.
  • Commissioners will consider various equipment contracts.
  • Commissioners will consider a revised ordinance relating to capital improvements for Denver Global Products.
  • Commissioners will take a second vote on their revised ordinance regulating “special events and mass gatherings.”
  • A closed session will be conducted for attorney-client privilege.
  • The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.


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