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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The old Topsail High School will breathe new life after Pender County commissioners today broke ground on renovations to make it the home of Pender County’s Eastern Annex Building.

It will cost approximately $3.5 million to renovate the building, which was built in 1924.

Once finished in October the building will house staff from Health and Human Services, Planning, Community Development, Permitting and Inspections, Veteran’s Services, Parks and Rec and the Sheriff’s Department. The 236-seat auditorium and stage will also be renovated to be used for community events.

“We’re saving basically an icon,” Pender County Commission Chair David Williams said. “This building is a grand old building, and they don’t build them like they used to. Also, we’re going to be able to keep county services that are offered in Pender County and expand them in the future.”

Williams said the hope is once renovations are finished on the old Topsail High School that they may be able to break ground on a library next door.

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