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Historic city hall could be demolished

The city hall in Southport needs millions of dollars worth of repairs. The city hall in Southport needs millions of dollars worth of repairs.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – It could be out with the old and in with the new for Southport's City Hall.

The building located in the heart of downtown Southport is nearly 100 years old. It has a leaky roof and needs more than $2 million dollars worth of repairs.

City leaders now have to decide whether or not they will spend the money to make those renovations or to move their offices to a new location.

City aldermen are looking at two locations for a new city hall.

The first location is at 1029 N. Howe Street. Aldermen Ken Karn told WECT.com they city is already in contract negotiations for that building.

The second location they are looking at is at 300 N. Howe Street. It is the Security Savings Bank building located closer to the downtown strip.

Aldermen are interested in the 1029 N. Howe location because of its features. It offers more parking, more space and more room for expansion.

Another option they have is to demolish the building.

Locals have expressed concerns about moving out of the current city hall location. The building has a lot of history to it, according to Karn. It is the old Brunswick County Courthouse and is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

"I'd prefer it not be taken down," said resident Lauren Broadwell. "It's been here for so long that all the locals know that is city hall."

Aldermen have until January 27th to make a decision on the building located at 1029 N. Howe Street.

Karn said if they do decide to move their offices somewhere else that doesn't mean they will demolish the current city hall building.

He said they have yet to talk about what they would make it into, but the city plans to get public input and to create a committee to get ideas.

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