082417 Town Hall: Revised plan defines route to front door
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A rendering shows the view from the North Causeway, including the “porch door.”

Town Hall: Revised plan defines route to front door

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Pawleys Island will go to work on getting costs for its new Town Hall now that an ad hoc committee has settled on a design that makes it clear where visitors can find the front door. A Charleston-style porch door will point the way.

The committee of Town Council, Planning Commission and Pawleys Island Beautification Committee members reviewed renderings by David Graham, the principal of the Graham Group, last month and asked for some revisions. Because it will be raised to comply with flood regulations, the building will have an elevator and some members thought the “tower” for the elevator was too prominent.

Graham’s alternative met with the panel’s unanimous approval, although the mayor and two council members didn’t vote because the council will also have to approve the decision separately.

“It’s much more eye-appealing,” Council Member Mike Adams said.

At 1,759 square feet, the building is estimated to cost $400,000. Graham’s design features open space under the building that will have brick pavers. At last month’s committee meeting, Mayor Bill Otis suggested those pavers could be inscribed with the names of people who donate money toward construction.

Graham estimates there will be about 5,000 bricks.

Town Council decided to build a new Town Hall after the facility the town had used since 1988 was flooded by Hurricane Matthew. Although it has been repaired, it only had 450 square feet.

The new Town Hall will be across the North Causeway from the old building, on a 6,000-square-foot corner lot the town bought in 2010. In order to comply with the town’s development regulations that limit the amount of space a building can occupy on a lot, the new facility needs an extra 20-foot-wide strip that will be donated by the nonprofit Pawleys Island Pavilion Co. It owns the adjacent property and leases it to the town for a Nature Park.

“We’ve taken up all of the space,” Graham said.

The building has four offices, a conference room, bathrooms and storage. The wrap-around porch, brick columns and metal roof give it the look of a typical Pawleys beach house.

“The big issue that was brought up was how do you know it’s the entrance,” Otis said. To get to the stairs and elevator requires walking under the paved ground floor, which Graham considers to be another porch. He proposed a “Charleston porch” door. It could also be a wrought iron gate.

“I think it looks a lot better,” Ed Fox, a Planning Commission member, said.

“You answered every question that was brought up,” Jimmy Braswell, a commission member, told Graham.

Graham will now get cost estimates for the project as he moves forward with the final plans.

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