SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. --The ear-splitting, rock-smashing sounds that are shattering the quiet of downtown Shepherdstown this week mean heavy equipment is crunching into the old Town Hall building at 104 N. King St. and the limestone foundation under it.
Early next spring, a new two-story brick building will stand in its place as the seat of town government and municipal police department, said Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer.
The replacement building will cost about $1 million, Auxer said, paid for with the town's share of video lottery funds. No local tax money is involved.
The date when the old town hall was built is hard to pin down.
Opinions on the subject among local officials range from 1940 to 1947 to 1953.
Town Hall employees are in temporary quarters during the new construction in a second story office suite in the rear of a commercial building at 207 S. Princess St. A front office in that building has been serving as the police station.