The new Mint Hill Town Hall cost $113,969 less than what town officials budgeted to spend.
The town spent $6,486,031 on the two-story, 20,000-square-foot building at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Town Manager Brian Welch said last week in a memo to town commissioners. The board approved spending $6.6 million for the project. The project, which included spending $675,000 to purchase 1.74 acres for the new building, “was paid for entirely with cash,” Welch said. “Absolutely no debt was acquired to finance this project.”
The final costs by category are:
• Construction: $5,224,350
• Furnishing, moving: $268,539
• Design: $79,296
• Contingency: $34,654
• Inspections/testing: $25,472
An additional $178,720 was used for land appraisals, attorney fees, pre-construction fees with project manager Edifice General Contractors, audio/visual equipment including flat-screen TVs in conference rooms and flex space and other miscellaneous costs, Welch said.
“We’re extraordinarily happy that we were able to deliver what we were able to deliver. We hope that the citizens are proud of (the new town hall) and are happy with what we’ve done,” Welch said.
Welch said he’s particularly proud that the project “did not affect tax levels or service levels.”
With “more empty offices” than the town has employees to fill them, the building will serve Mint Hill for many years to come, Welch said.
“This wasn’t today’s building, this is tomorrow’s building. We’re planning for the future,” he said. “The staff could more than double and we’d be fine in this building and that was the point. There’s not much use building something we can fill up on day one. We had that.”
The town also owns the development’s traffic circle and its landscaped center, which could be later altered to include a fountain, gazebo or flag pole.
Construction began with a groundbreaking on the town’s 40th birthday — March 11, 2011. When Mint Hill was incorporated in 1971, it had a population of 2,284.