Movin’ on up: Workers carefully transfer Pollocksville town hall building to new spot away from flood zone

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POLLOCKSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pollocksville’s town hall is in a new location on Main Street. Actually, the 128-year-old building itself is in a new location.

Thursday morning, crews picked up town hall, placed it on wheels and rolled it down Main Street.

It’s been 25 years since the building was last picked up and moved. The town mayor said they plan to make their latest location, 315 Main Street, a permanent one.

Town leaders said the move will keep the building out of harm’s way if there’s another storm. Pollocksville’s town hall was previously located on the banks of the Trent River, right in a flood zone.

Officials have not been able to use the building since it was flooded during Hurricane Florence in 2018. The storm ruined town records and equipment. In the meantime, employees are working out of office space near the Dollar General Store.

The town worked out a contract with FEMA to relocate and restore the building.

CLICK HERE for Camila Barco’s Reporter’s Notebook about the move

“It’s been a long haul fighting with the bureaucratic logistics, and advertisements and everything, but it’s happening, it’s happening,” said Pollocksville Mayor Jay Bender.

Insurance money, and cash from FEMA and Golden Leaf paid for the 4,000-foot move. Bender said he hopes this spurs people to renovate their homes and bring the town back to life.

Town leaders expect to finish moving back into the building by this September.

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