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Plans for new Kershaw town hall unveiled

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By Johnathan Ryan

KERSHAW - Plans are now complete for the new Kershaw Town Hall, a project that has been on the town's wish list for some time.

While interior decorating details haven't been determined yet, the bulk of the 6,400-square-foot building has been.

"It's very basic, but very nice" said the building's architect Ed Bowers.

Bowers is an architect with Millennium 3 Architects of Charlotte.

The building will include space for administration, law enforcement and court officials.

The front entrance of the one-story building is meant to complement surrounding downtown architecture, Bowers said. Its front-porch appearance is true to the town's down-home character, he said.

"I think it really keeps with the Kershaw, small-town charm," Bowers said. "It looks like a residence, which really fits in with the neighborhood."

Kershaw Mayor Tommy Baker agreed.

"It fits very well with the rest of the buildings downtown," Baker said. "He (Bowers) actually took some pictures of other buildings downtown and used them in his planning."

The last change to the plans, which were in development for more than 18 months, were recently completed. They included the elimination of additional restrooms in favor of more office space, at the request of Town Council.

The building will include administrative offices, offices for the town's Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy and a large employee break room, which can also be used for other purposes. The large courtroom for municipal court is where Town Council will hold its regular meetings.

Bowers said many rooms in the building can be used for "two or three purposes."

Office space is also planned for the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce. A Kershaw history room is also planned. It will include the old town hall's cornerstone.

"It will be a great addition to the town of Kershaw, particularly cosmetically," said Town Councilman Mark Dorman. "The old building served its purpose since 1902 but no longer met our needs. Our citizens and town employees deserve this."

The building will also include a 35-space parking lot and a drive-through window so town utilities customers can pay bills without leaving their vehicles.

The new town hall is expected to cost about $750,000. It will be paid for with money from town's savings and a loan. The exact amounts from each haven't been determined yet.

Town Council is expected to either approve or deny the final plans at its regular meeting this Monday. Town Administrator Tony Starnes said council will likely approve the plans.

Once interior design plans are determined, the town will bid the project to a contractor. The town hopes to start construction sometime this spring and have the project completed within a year.

Kershaw's old town hall was demolished late last year. The new town hall will be built on Main Street, where the old building was.

Contact Johnathan Ryan at 416-8416 or jryan@thelancasternews.com