PHOTO: Design documents show a depiction of the new town hall after construction. // Photo courtesy of the town of Thompson’s Station
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Thompson’s Station is growing fast, and by some accounts, is part of the single-fastest-growing area in the state in terms of population.
All that growth also means that the town’s facilities are quickly being outgrown. One such example, is the town hall.
Discussed for months by town staff, the town’s planning commission unanimously approved Tuesday night a site plan for a newly designed town hall, planned to be constructed adjacent to the community enrichment center, just a few dozen yards from the current town hall on Thompson’s Station Road West.
The new facility would be a 5,610 square foot two-story building constructed of Hardiplank – a fiber-cement siding that resembles wood, known for its longevity and ability to withstand the elements. Aesthetically matching the previous town hall’s design, the facility would also feature outdoor seating with benches and tables, as well as dozens of shrubs and trees on its western side.
Sitting member on the planning commission, Kreis White, said he liked the design of the new building, and that it’s been a long overdue upgrade to the town’s current town hall.
“I don’t know how our town workers survive in the close proximity they have [at the current town hall],” White said. “It’s a cool place, but it’s very tight, and it’s not laid out in a way that really suites the sort of use it’s being used for.”
The town government had operated out of the current town hall since 2008, until later moving most operations to the community enrichment center in 2014. Located at 1550 Thompson’s Station Road West, the current town hall had previously operated as a library, and before that, as the old train depot. Town government clerical work is still being done at the building, but it’s become apparent in recent years that the space is no longer adequate for the town’s growing size.
With the site plan for the new town hall being approved, the next step in the process will see the town’s design review commission review the plans for approval in March.