Saluda City Hall sees major renovationsPublished 12:12pm Thursday, July 24, 2014
Upstairs, city hall side to be complete Aug. 29
The City of Saluda edges closer and closer every day to a new city hall and police department.
The Saluda Board of Commissioners met July 14 and announced renovations upstairs and on the city hall side of the building are scheduled to be complete on Aug. 29.
City administrator Erny Williams told commissioners he received an email from the contractor who said their intentions are to be finished with the upstairs and the city hall side of the building on Aug. 29.
Williams said the doors are hung so contractors are moving right along.
“It’s really coming along and looking great,” Williams said.
He said the casing of windows, installing doors and dressing up windows was all occurring last week. He said next contractors will sand floors and put new floors in with hopes by the end of August/first of September staff will begin moving into the new sections.
City hall renovations so far have included the demolition of the old city hall side and the upstairs of the building; an elevator shaft installed; new stairs for access to upstairs from the inside of the building; the addition of a conference room, kitchenette, finance office, storage, a zoning administrator office, bathroom, utility room and storage/future office space for growth of city hall and HVAC and plumbing installation.
Once renovations in the upstairs and the old city hall side of the building is complete, city hall and the police department will relocate into the newly finished portion of the building while demolition and renovations are done on the police department side of the building.
Saluda commissioners agreed to renovate the building a few years ago and started with external renovations, which included a new roof, redoing the brick, new doors and windows.
In December 2013, city council approved a $390,876 bid from Dunlap Construction, out of Hendersonville, to complete the interior restoration. Plans include switching the city hall and police department for more space and new interior openings between the two buildings to provide for more safety.
Saluda City Hall was constructed in the 1920s with the last restoration completed in 1986. The building is part of Saluda’s Main St. Historic District, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.