The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 16, 2013

Locust gives update on community building

By Tiffany Thompson, Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — With work under way at the Locust Community Building, the city hopes to have the facility reopened in August, according to City Administrator Tim Fesperman.

“Everybody worked together and we’re excited to get to reopen it. We’re hoping to get it back open around the first of August,” Fesperman said.

The city had the building inspected prior to its April meeting after reports of the floor sagging and drainage issues. The inspection revealed the building was leaning slightly.

So after consulting with the town attorney, Locust suspended all activities at the Locust Community Building including the Locust senior meals due to safety concerns.

But several members of the community expressed concern about the closing of the building because of its importance to the community.

The building is used for dances, birthday parties, meetings and Meals on Wheels.

To make sure the building would be able to reopen, council set to work in coming up with a plan to repair the structure. At its June meeting, council decided to set aside approximately $32,000 for repairs to the facility.

Work began at the end of June to reinforce the floor and to repair the drainage issues. Crews are also planning to redo the hardwood floors in the upstairs portion of the building.

With the help of Long Brothers Construction of Stanfield and Tate Osborne, Locust parks and recreation director, the project is expected to come in under budget, acording to Locust City Planner Scott Efird. He said the total cost of the project is anticipated to be approximately $22,000.

Once the hardwood floors are replaced, the facility will be ready to reopen, which is anticipated for early August.

“We appreciate the public’s patience with us as we complete this project,” Osborne said.

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