The Hendersonville Times-News reported this week...
A crowd gathered at the site of Fletcher's new $7.1 million town hall Wednesday morning to witness a historic moment in its construction — the placement of the cupola.
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture joined Fletcher leaders in celebrating the “topping out” phase of the new town hall, which will house the city's administrative offices, meeting rooms and police department.
“We've been working on this about 10 years now,” said Mayor Bill Moore. “We knew that if the Heart of Fletcher was going to happen, this is the piece of the puzzle we've got to put in (place).”
The new town hall and public safety building is estimated to be complete in April 2014 and is pegged to be the catalyst for the Heart of Fletcher project.
The project aims to create a new entryway for the growing town. Officials hope to see a new library building, satellite college and restaurant, housing, and retail and office spaces sprout in a 49-acre field off of U.S. 25 at Old Cane Creek Road and East Fanning Bridge Road, next to the town's busy park.
The late prominent Henderson County architect Stuart Stepp envisioned the new building before he passed. His practice and the project are being carried on by The Tamara Peacock Company, which has worked to bring his dream to life.
“This is a major step forward in the development of the Heart of Fletcher. The town looks forward to seeing the other uses that are envisioned for this project take shape in (the) near future,” the mayor said.