WAXHAW – The future of Waxhaw’s town hall took the forefront as commissioners met with Interim Town Manager Greg Mahar and staff on Friday, June 20, to discuss all town-owned property.
Town staff recently found mold in the town hall, 317 N. Broome St., bringing the need for a new facility, or renovations to the current facility, to the forefront of discussions. Staff currently is working at the recently opened Waxhaw Police Department while the mold is removed, and will remain there until the problem is rectified.
Waxhaw leaders have been discussing what direction to go with the town hall for more than a year, as the area’s population is expected to significantly grow in the future. The town currently owns property in the historic downtown area that could be used for a municipal building, but commissioners could chose to purchase other property or build something from scratch if they don’t move forward with the downtown property. No plans have been solidified at this point.
“In my belief (town hall) is right at the top of the list,” Commissioner John Hunt said of needs in Waxhaw. “My view on it is that anything we do from here on has to be a long-term solution. … We are projected over the next 13 to 14 years to be 50,000 people.”
That’s a strategy the town took with the new police department facility, which currently has a lot of open space for future growth of the department.
“Sure it’s painful in the pocketbook, but the long-term benefit outweighs short-term solutions,” Hunt added.
The town also owns 34 acres on Waxhaw Marvin Road that will likely become a park or recreational facility of some kind in the future. Residents have spoken in favor of using the park for an equine facility, baseball fields, walking trails, a small sports complex and more, Hunt said. But commissioners don’t plan on moving forward with the development of that property just yet, as there are other pressing matters like the town hall and finding a new town manager that commissioners must focus on first, he added.
“It was a very productive day,” Commissioner John Hunt said of the meeting. “I was dumbfounded that we had 19 properties. I think (the meeting) was a necessary step that each new board should have to be brought up to speed.”