Batesburg-Leesville is on the verge of fulfilling a decade-old dream of a new Town Hall.
Town leaders are moving to acquire an office complex on Church Street and transform it into their new headquarters.
The site – expected to be ready by midsummer – will replace a former bank that’s been Town Hall since the two communities in western Lexington County merged 22 years ago.
“We’ve outgrown our first home,” Town Manager Ted Luckadoo said. “A new facility was long overdue.”
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The purchase and renovations – estimated to cost $600,000 – will be paid with a combination of savings, increased revenue from higher business fees and sale of the current facility, officials said.
Town leaders are acquiring a complex with two adjacent buildings, one of which will serve as offices and the other as a council meeting space and emergency shelter.
Overall, the 6,500-square-foot complex at 120 W. Church St. is triple the size of the current facility a quarter-mile south.
“This is an ideal scenario,” Mayor Rita Crapps said. “We’re getting more space with more parking at a great price and reusing buildings rather than having them sit empty.”
Town leaders looked at a variety of proposals for a new facility during the past 10 years.
But they moved quickly on this one after learning the office complex was available at an affordable price, Crapps said.
Like the current Town Hall, the new facility will be in the center of the community.
For now, town police headquarters will remain separate. That facility is a mile away on the west edge of the town of nearly 5,500 residents.