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Too big for its building: Work under way on Carolina Shores addition

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

CAROLINA SHORES—When this newly incorporated golf course community snipped the ribbon on its shiny new town hall nine years ago, the 3,734-square-foot structure seemed plenty big enough.

Now, almost a decade later, an overwhelming amount of town business has the town outgrowing its Persimmon Road building.

To accommodate the growth and provide more space for town employees to work in, work has begun on a new, connecting office addition at town hall.

The 2,200-square-foot annex will provide sorely needed space for 11 new offices for town administration and finance departments, town administrator Linda Herncane said, as well as three restrooms and a reception area.

At last year’s town commissioners’ retreat, Herncane noted “three and a half” town employees (including one part-time) were doing a majority of work in increasingly cramped office space. She also said town building inspectors Jean Crowley and Chuck Riggins needed a place to store submitted plans.

Last year, the town secured a $300,000 United States Department of Agriculture loan for the $402,000 one-story, stick-built addition, with the remainder of funding to come from the town budget.

Recent rain has slowed construction, with the foundation currently being dug. Work by Worley Construction will resume once it dries, Herncane said.

“Once they get the slab poured, it’ll go pretty quickly,” she said.

At a town workshop Jan. 31, town commissioner Gere Dale suggested the town consider doing something in recognition of its 10th anniversary in September, something that perhaps could tie in with the new addition at town hall, Herncane suggested.

“September seems like a long time away, but it really isn’t if we’re going to do some planning,” Dale said.

Herncane said town commissioner Tom Puls, who oversees community service on the commission, has been assigned to look into the matter.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com