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Is former school suitable for City Hall?

Orrick City Council members would like to know if the old Orrick school building is structurally sound enough to consider as a future site for a combined city hall/police station. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Orrick City Council members would like to know if the old Orrick school building is structurally sound enough to consider as a future site for a combined city hall/police station. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Board backs a request to have the building at the corner of Elm and Taylor inspected

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Orrick City Council approved a suggestion by the police chief Monday that a three-story building with historic roots be inspected before the city decides whether it would take steps to acquire it for use as a combined city hall/police station.

“I’d rather have it inspected now, spend $200 or whatever, than find out later that it has problems,” Chief Ray Dinwiddie said of the occupied building, which once served as Orrick’s school.

Dinwiddie has been researching possible grant opportunities should Orrick decide to proceed with the project.

It’s believed the building closed as a school in the early 1950s, possibly in 1951 one council member said, before it was converted to apartments on three floors. The building ceased to be a school when students moved to a new building still in use today.

Mayor Cindy Lampton said she anticipates that building inspector E.J. Foster would do a formal inspection toward the end of the month or in early August. Both Lampton and Dunwoodie said Monday they’d like to be present if and when the inspection takes place.

 

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