PAINTED POST – Family Life Network officials said the organization is hopeful to begin construction on its newly-acquired building – the former Harley Davidson Building in Erwin – at some point this year.
A feasibility study and a capital campaign to raise funds is scheduled before any new construction is to take place.
At the moment, the organization is finishing up with internal demolition in the building.
“We’ve pretty much taken down all of the interior stuff in there,” said Family Life President Rick Snavely. “The next step right now… is a feasibility study as to how fast and how far we can go with this project. That’ll probably start by the end of this month.”
Phase one of the project is expected to follow the capital project at the end of the feasibility study. This consists of retrofitting the building into Family Life’s new main headquarters.
This will include adding a second floor, raising part of the roof, and adding more space that will “give (Family Life) room for growth.”
“It will allow us to do everything (that we do) at our current facility, plus a whole lot more,” Snavely said. “It will give us a lot more space than we have right now.”
Phase two will feature a 68,000 square foot proposed performing arts center and a large parking lot with 650-700 spaces extending to the Stormwater Management Facility. This phase will be constructed on 21 acres of property Family Life purchased around the building for $850,000.
Phase two will also include an extension of Town Center Road in Erwin over to Chatfield Place East, with several parcels of vacant land suitable for business development.
“That will open up parcels of land for other commercial businesses along Town Center Road,” Snavely said.
Because Family Life is a nonprofit, Snavely said it’s hoped that the addition of businesses on these parcels will make up the difference or exceed what Harley Davidson provided to the Town of Erwin in tax revenue while Harley Davidson was still in business.