Kure Beach to review town hall expansion plans

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Kure Beach Town Hall. File photo by Hannah Leyva.
Kure Beach Town Hall. File photo by Hannah Leyva.

The Kure Beach Town Council is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19 to interview applicants who submitted proposals for the planned expansion to town hall and the fire department building.

According to Mayor Emilie Swearingen, five firms responded to the request for proposals. Following a review of the applications, the list was narrowed down to three.

“After that, three members of town council visited sites that the three firms had previously worked on,” Swearingen said. “It was then narrowed down to two, and that’s who we’ll be interviewing on Tuesday.”

The two finalists, according to Town Clerk Nancy Avery, are Becker Morgan Group of Wilmington and Oakley Collier Architects of Rocky Mount. They will each be given about 3o minutes in front of town council.

“What they’re going to do is provide us with a concept of the buildings and an estimated budget for construction costs,” Swearingen said. “We’ll then ask any questions we have about their proposals.”

This past spring, the town put out a request for proposals (RFP), asking for firms to draw plans for a 2,700-square-foot addition to the existing town government center, located at 117 Settlers Lane. The need for more office, meeting and storage space, said Avery last April, stems from the town’s growth since the building was constructed in the 1990s.

The request also asked for a proposal for a new 4,500-square-foot fire station on a lot adjacent to town hall. The town asked for a one- to three-story full service building with bays to park the town’s two fire engines as well as a kitchen, conference room, sleeping area, reception area, storage, offices and restrooms for the department’s three paid employees and 25 volunteers firefighters.

The town said the budget for the project’s construction costs would be set based on the proposals received.

“Drawings need to be detailed enough to give the town council a reasonable idea of cost and material type to decide the construction budget,” the RFP stated. “Every effort shall be made to incorporate green and sustainable design features as budget allows.”

Kure Beach plans to pay for the project through any loans the town can get. It was not included in their 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.

Swearingen said that no final decisions are guaranteed to be made on Tuesday.

“I can’t say for certain if we’ll announce who we’ll choose then,” Swearingen said. “I do not know if we’ll be selecting anyone. We might have further questions or need to request more information after the interviews.”

Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend the meeting, though no questions from the public will be taken. It will take place Tuesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at Kure Beach Town Hall. A regularly scheduled council meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.