Mineral town officials are still looking for potential renters as renovations to the former Mineral Town Hall building are within weeks of being completed.
The building, located near the intersection of First Street and Mineral Avenue, is owned by the town and has had major renovations since it was gutted after the town moved its headquarters to a new building in March of 2011. Renovations are slated to be completed by the end of January.
Currently, all that remains to be done on the building is to refinish the floors, replace the last few remaining broken windows and touch up some walls with paint. Officials say the progress of the renovation has gone slower than expected due to their desire to protect the building’s storied past.
“We’re trying to keep and maintain the original look,” Town Manager Sal Luciano said. “That’s kind of what slowed up the project and made it a little more tedious. You’re not just taking an old building and making it look brand new like you would an old house.”
“We’re trying to keep the historical integrity,” Mineral vice-mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube added.
And the building has quite a historical background. The structure itself was constructed in 1909 and served as the Bank of Louisa until 1949. It was donated to the town by the National Bank and Trust in 1972. It is also recognized as a significant property in the Mineral Historic District by the Virginia Landmarks Registry.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 26 edition of The Central Virginian.