County Commission Chairman Carrol Mitchem speaks at opening ceremony.
Wayne Howard Reporter
County Manager Kelly Atkins said the new Lincoln County Courthouse, located on Justice Drive near the Lincoln County Health Department, will do what the current one has done--serve the county for the next 100 years.
The new facility, which was built for far less than the originally expected price, will open for business on Monday June 27th. The old courthouse will remain in operation through Friday June 24th. Offices from the current location will spend the week moving into their new home. The Register of Deeds office is also relocating.
While many, including the Lincolnton City Council, had expressed a desire to keep the courthouse downtown, County Commissioners decided on the new location because it provided plenty of room for parking and for building a facility that will serve the county for many years to come.
County Manager Kelly Atkins said in his opening remarks at the Ribbon Cutting Friday (June 17th) that the old courthouse will still serve Lincoln County in a new role. That role is yet to be finalized, but the County and city of Lincolnton have jointly commissioned a study by the UNC School of Government that will hopefully end with a repurposed centerpiece to downtown.