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N.C. State Treasurer's Office approves plans for proposed Laurinburg city hall

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The Local Government Commission (LGC) with the N.C. State Treasurer's Office met Tuesday afternoon and approved the city's plans to build a new $10 million city hall, according to city officials.

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Several people spoke before the commission in opposition of the new city hall, including Laurinburg Mayor Dr. Matthew Block.

Block sent a 500 page letter to the LGC back in August laying out why he thinks the city doesn't need a new city hall.

The new city hall would be 21,675 square feet and would house all city departments, including the police department.

Officials said council members had been going back and forth on the issue for nearly two years and thought it was finally time to move forward with plans to build a new city.

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Council members said the current town hall is 58-years-old and in bad shape.

An architectural design firm says the two-story 12,250 square feet facility has some structural challenges that make it difficult to rebuild.

The LGC also approved Scotland County's plan to spend up to $27 million to expand Laurel Hill and Sycamore Lane Elementary Schools.

The schools are being renovated to accommodate more students now that the district plans to close two other schools.

So far, Pate-Gardner and Washington Park Elementary Schools have been closed.

The LGC initially approved the plan back in September, but reviewed it again after receiving an appeal.

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