A town's vision has become a reality. A dedication was held for Mount Jackson's town center. WHSV found out it was a group effort.
Mt. Jackson is a small community of only 1,800 people. But about a third of them were on hand as the new town center was dedicated.
"I think that it's going to be exciting because it's going to be a destination," says Mt. Jackson's town manager Charles Moore. "There are so many things that can happen in this building and that are already planned for the building."
The town came up with the idea two years ago and broke ground on it last April. It costs about $2 million in grants, loans, gifts, and federal money. And the building redefines the term "multi-purpose". It contains the town library, chamber of commerce, heritage museum, police office, town offices including the mayor's office, council chambers, staff offices and a Visitor's Center.
"If each group tried to build as separate library, a separate museum, a separate town office, it just wouldn't have happen, it would have been too expensive," explains town councilman Rodney Shepherd. "But by putting all these units together into one building we have an immense economy of scale, it just worked our real well."
"They all relate to the central space so they can see each other and communicate and so it allows the town and its various functions to interact quite well," says Mather Barras architect John Mather, who designed the building.
Mt Jackson mayor Joe Williams says it the cooperation of all the agencies that made this dream a reality.
"This building is for all, not just Mt. Jackson, and today was a good example of that," says Williams. "It took all of us, without all of us it never would have succeeded. and that's why I'm so grateful for today."
Councilman Shepherd says the new building will be the heartbeat of Mount Jackson. The library is going to start moving books in later this month and the museum will open when other permits go through.