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City Hall demo bid could be approved Tuesday, Nov. 14

Story by: Jefferson Weaver, The News Reporter

Whiteville City Council is expected to accept a $126,680 bid from Four Seasons Site and Demolition to demolish the old city hall and prepare the ground for new construction.

Four Seasons was the lowest responsible bidder of the four who submitted proposals, according to City Manager Darren Currie. Some work has already been completed at the 1930s era building, which was originally constructed as a post Office. The building was closed in 2014 due to dangerously high levels of mold.

D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. bid $248,500 for the job. Herr Inc. came in at second place, at $144,500. Trigon of Whiteville bid $289,900. Trigon is partly owned by City councilwoman Sara Thompson, who initially opposed demolishing the building but changed her mind after a tour of the structure.

The city will also hold the first public hearing on proposed financing of the new City Hall facility. City staff has proposed using a combination of cash, loans and grants, along with a tax increase, to fund the anticipated $2.5 million-plus project.

 The Oakley Architectural company is the lead contractor on the demolition, cleanup, design and construction of the new project.

City officials have set an aggressive schedule for the demolition, with work expected to begin after the first of the year, if not sooner.

Stuart Rogers