The Lovettsville Town Council this week advanced plans to build a larger Town Hall.
Mayor Bob Zoldos inked the paperwork on a $560,000 deal to purchase four residential lots on the Town Green. The purchase will be financed with a 20-year loan. The lots are assessed by the county at a total value of $477,600.
Town leader have long recognized they’ve outgrown the current town office. Two years ago, the council purchased a house next to the present Town Hall to provide more growing room. The town resold the house, but so far the council has not discussed what use will be made of the remaining 1-acre lot.
The council’s purchase of the four 0.19-acre lots would allow the construction of a new government along the Town Green.
Ryan Homes has resumed construction in the Town Square, prompting the council secured the lots before they could be developed.
“We have looked at sites all over town and there aren’t many that meet our needs and are affordable,” Zoldos said.
A town office at that location would complement the Walker Pavilion, just to the west, and support events on the Town Green with restrooms and utilities. The town’s ownership also would prevent adjacent commercial land from being converted to residential lots, ensuring the second phase of Town Center’s commercial center development will have more space for businesses.
The decision whether to build a new town government center on the land would have to be made soon, Zoldos said.