Leland to open new town hall, host open house this month

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — After years of planning and delays, the Town of Leland will finally start moving into its new this month.

The town has announced an open house for the new Town Hall and Police Headquarters July 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. A dedication ceremony will start at 5 p.m. followed by the first regular Town Council meeting in the new building at 6 p.m.

Town Manager David Hollis says the open house will give the public an opportunity for the public to walk through and tour the building.

“We are excited to have the Municipal Complex completed and look forward to serving the citizens of Leland from the facility,” Hollis said in a news release. “We hope this will be a great place for the public to gather and assist the Town in its rapid growth and prosperity.”

The project was first discussed about a decade ago, and ground for the building was broken in 2012. The facility was supposed to open in 2013, but problems with the quality of work inside led to costly repairs and delays. Hollis says the town’s population has grown from 6,000 when the idea for the building was first conceived to about 18,000 today.

When occupied the facility will house nearly all town staff, with the exception of the field crews in Public Works and Public Utilities and the staff at the newly opened Leland Cultural Arts Center. Almost all of the offices on the Administration wing of the building will be occupied immediately. The Police wing will have a few spare offices initially for future growth. Because of upgrades of the town’s computers to a cloud-based system that will be installed in August, the town staff will not move into and begin operating out of the facility until then.

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