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Town Council sees Train Station layout

Pulaski Town Council met with the architect for the Pulaski Train Station rebuild project Tuesday to discuss the design of the building’s interior.
David E. Gall of David E. Gall, Architect, P.A. in Winston-Salem, N.C. brought along a sketch of the proposed interior layout to get feedback from councilmen.
“Based on our experience with (rebuilding) other stations in North Carolina, we’ve found they make good meeting areas,” Gall said. He pointed out that the proposed layout includes a large, 1,350-square-foot meeting room on the east side of the building and a smaller meeting room on the west side.
There will also be a handicap accessible ramp, men’s and women’s handicap accessible bathrooms, a storage room that could later be converted into a small kitchen area and a janitor’s closet.
“It’s very generic at this point, but it affords a lot of flexibility” for various size events, Gall pointed out. He said state code will require a sprinkler system in the building, adding, “there’s no way you can get around that.”
Town Manager John Hawley said he still has not been able to receive an answer from the insurance company as to whether the sprinkler system will be covered. He said the company acknowledges one will be needed, but is questioning whether it should be part of the insurance coverage since the building didn’t have a system prior to the November fire that gutted it.
If insurance doesn’t cover the sprinkler system, Hawley said the town will have to foot the bill, estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.
Asked whether the proposed plan is the direction council wishes to go with the building, Worrell said he thinks the architect’s ideas are “right on track.
“I envision this as a multi-purpose facility,” Worrell said. “It’s a pretty simple, basic plan that can be used for a number of things.”
Worrell said what he likes about the plan is that it doesn’t “preclude us from doing any number of things in the future.”
Gall said he has photographs of the train station that have been collected from the community by Economic Development Director John White. Based on those photos, the firm plans to have the building reconstructed “as close as we can to the way it was.”

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Town Council sees Train Station layout

Pulaski Town Council met with the architect for the Pulaski Train Station rebuild project Tuesday to discuss the design of the building’s interior.
David E. Gall of David E. Gall, Architect, P.A. in Winston-Salem, N.C. brought along a sketch of the proposed interior layout to get feedback from councilmen.
“Based on our experience with (rebuilding) other stations in North Carolina, we’ve found they make good meeting areas,” Gall said. He pointed out that the proposed layout includes a large, 1,350-square-foot meeting room on the east side of the building and a smaller meeting room on the west side.
There will also be a handicap accessible ramp, men’s and women’s handicap accessible bathrooms, a storage room that could later be converted into a small kitchen area and a janitor’s closet.
“It’s very generic at this point, but it affords a lot of flexibility” for various size events, Gall pointed out. He said state code will require a sprinkler system in the building, adding, “there’s no way you can get around that.”
Town Manager John Hawley said he still has not been able to receive an answer from the insurance company as to whether the sprinkler system will be covered. He said the company acknowledges one will be needed, but is questioning whether it should be part of the insurance coverage since the building didn’t have a system prior to the November fire that gutted it.
If insurance doesn’t cover the sprinkler system, Hawley said the town will have to foot the bill, estimated at $75,000 to $100,000.
Asked whether the proposed plan is the direction council wishes to go with the building, Worrell said he thinks the architect’s ideas are “right on track.
“I envision this as a multi-purpose facility,” Worrell said. “It’s a pretty simple, basic plan that can be used for a number of things.”
Worrell said what he likes about the plan is that it doesn’t “preclude us from doing any number of things in the future.”
Gall said he has photographs of the train station that have been collected from the community by Economic Development Director John White. Based on those photos, the firm plans to have the building reconstructed “as close as we can to the way it was.”

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