A number of Alexander County Government departments will be relocating to a downtown office building following approval of a construction bid by the Alexander County Board of Commissioners at the March 5th meeting.
The 20,000 square foot building, known as the former Community One bank building (151 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville), was purchased by the county in 2016 at a cost of $350,000.
The building requires significant renovations to accommodate nine county departments, including Register of Deeds, Tax Office, Planning and Inspections, Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation, Engineering, Cooperative Extension, Soil and Water, and Greenway Public Transportation.
Bids were opened on February 21 with nine responsive bidders. The low bid was submitted by Hickory Construction Company at $1,649,800, which was approved by Commissioners at Monday night’s meeting. The bid total includes the five alternates for fire suppression system, paving, exterior painting, shelving, and access control.
The estimated total cost for the project is $2,340,500, which includes the construction cost, professional services, technology, and contingency funds. County departments are expected to begin relocation in early 2019.
Ronnie Reese, Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners, said the initial purchase price and the combined office space are significant factors in this project.
“The county received a very favorable price on this building, which is located in the heart of downtown Taylorsville. It will be a great convenience to our citizens to have all of these county departments in one building,” Reese stated. “My hope is that this will continue the revitalization of the downtown area with the renovated building, plus the number of employees and people being served by these departments who will be visiting downtown Taylorsville.”
Commissioner Ryan Mayberry agreed that the project will be of great benefit to the county, town, and citizens.
“A number of these county departments are currently in somewhat substandard accommodations such as the Old Wittenburg School. This project will be a tremendous update for the staff and the public they serve, and in a convenient, central location,” Mayberry said. “We’re reclaiming an eyesore in downtown Taylorsville, and turning it into something good. This is a project everyone can be proud of.”
Hickory Construction Company also served as contractor for the CVCC Alexander Applied Technologies Center.