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Bank to become Chase City Town Hall

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The vacated Wells Fargo branch location, soon to become Chase City Town Hall. / July 14, 2021
Chase City is getting a new town hall.

At a special called meeting on Thursday, Chase City Town Council authorized Town Manager Dusty Forbes to work with financial advisors Davenport & Company on the purchase of the former Wells Fargo Bank building at 525 North Main Street.

The building has been for sale since Wells Fargo closed the bank branch on May 5.

Forbes said the sale has not taken place, but the Town does have a signed letter of intent from bank officials. It is now up to him and Davenport & Company advisors to find suitable financing to complete the purchase.

The price is expected to be around $650,000.

The Town had been looking for expanded space and a new home for the police department. The 8,000 square foot Wells Fargo building is large enough to house municipal offices as well as the police department. With the Chase City Police Department vacating the space next to the fire department on Second Street, the fire department can now expand.

Once the purchase is completed, Forbes said it will take a few months to prepare the space for both the police and town offices. His goal is to move town hall operations into the new space by end of October or early November.

Currently Wells Fargo maintains an ATM location at the former bank building. Forbes did not say what, if anything would be done with that machine.

In other business during the Council session Thursday night, F. W. Richards and David Lipscomb were reappointed to the Chase City Industrial Authority, and Joseph Epps was reappointed to the Chase City Board of Zoning Appeals. Council members also approved the reappointments of Tonya Duffer, Clerk of Council, Virginia Petersen, Town Treasurer, and Jay Jordan, Chief of Police.

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