Town hall project moving rapidly along

by Josh Whitener

WESLEY CHAPEL – Things are moving along for Wesley Chapel as the village races toward construction of its first town hall.

Over the next few months, the village plans to host a public information session about the future town hall, meet with the Wesley Chapel Board of Adjustment to present the application for a conditional use permit (CUP) and collect bids for the project’s construction.

“In order to start construction before the winter, we are planning to move expeditiously to get the project under way,” Councilman Howard Brotton said in an email.

The Wesley Chapel Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. July 23, a Monday, in the rear fellowship hall of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 120 Potter Road. The purpose of the hearing is to consider a conditional use application to build the town hall on Weddington Road between Blackstone and the Village Commons shopping center. Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback on the plans.

The village also has scheduled a meeting with the Wesley Chapel Board of Adjustment for Aug. 6, a Monday, at the church. John Fuller, president of Fuller Architecture, and chairman of the town hall building committee Bill Meyer have worked with Brotton on the project’s CUP application, which will be presented to the board at the meeting.

To help expedite the process, the village recently decided to take an extra step and after a recommendation of the architect and town hall building committee decided to run an announcement that the architect will accept applications for contractor prequalification for the project. The village posted the announcement on the Metrolina Minority Contractors Resource Center website. Any contractor wishing to be prequalified must complete and submit the application to the office of Fuller Architecture by 5 p.m. July 20, a Friday, and the village must approve the applicant for bidding.

Wesley Chapel hopes the announcement will get the ball rolling on bidding as soon as possible. “We are planning to begin the bidding process on Aug. 2 and to open the sealed bids on Aug. 28,” Brotton said in an email.

The town hall will be a 6,700-square-foot building that includes a main council chamber, meeting rooms, office space, a kitchen and a reception area to greet visitors. The $1.25 million project also includes space for parking and will be constructed on 6 acres donated to the village by Aston Properties.

No groundbreaking date for the project is set at this time.

For more information on how to apply for prequalification, call the office of Fuller Architecture at 336-751-0400.

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