PAINTED POST - Work is underway on an $85,000 addition to the Erwin Town Hall building, off Town Center Road, that when completed in the early spring of 2019, will hold the Erwin Town Court and a rental space.

Chip Klugo, president of Klugo Construction Inc., which owns the building that houses the Erwin Town Hall, said crews will complete the two-story, 8,000-square-foot addition to the building in early spring of 2019.

The first floor will hold the Erwin Town Court and the second floor is available to be rented.

“We are looking for one or two tenants for the 4,000-square-foot second-floor office space,” Klugo said. “It will be class A office space, and I feel that within the next five years this area will take off as a great location.”

Erwin Town Manager Rita McCarthy said it has not been conducive owning the large, three-story old Erwin Town Hall building, at 117 West Water St., that currently only houses the Erwin Town Court.

“To own the (old Erwin Town Hall) building and maintain it while only occupying one-third-of-the building is not cost effective,” McCarthy said. “The 10,000-square-foot old Erwin Town Hall building is currently for sale for $150,000.”

McCarthy said Town of Erwin officials thought about eight years ago there was a buyer interested in the old Erwin Town Hall building.

“Our intent then was the Erwin Town Court would be the anchor of the building while to new owner renovated the site,” McCarthy said. “The idea was to have someone else own the site, fix it up and rent open spaces to other tenants. That deal fell through on two different occasions.”

McCarthy said when Klugo first constructed the building that houses the current Erwin Town Hall he intended to eventually build a second phase addition.

“So we told him when you build the second phase at (Town Center Road) we want a half for the Erwin Town Court,” McCarthy said.