August 2015

Town of Bluffton Hosts Open House for Public To Tour New Bluffton Police Department Old Town Substation

Author: CH2 Press Release

Town Converted Part of Engineering Building Into Substation for Better Resident/Community Event Accessibility

The Town is hosting an open house so residents and business owners can tour the new Bluffton Police Department substation in Old Town. The Town’s Engineering Building has been converted into a police substation so officers and residents have better access to each other for community events, code enforcement and neighborhood services unit activities.

The open house and ribbon cutting will be held August 25th from 4 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. It is open to the public. The substation is located at 1264 May River Road (Across from business strip where May River Grill and Stock Farm Antiques are located).

“Old Town is the hub of Bluffton where more than 200 events happen each year,” Bluffton Police Chief Joey Reynolds said. “It’s important our officers and services are more accessible to the people whom we serve. I believe the Old Town substation can only enhance our partnerships with residents and businesses as we are integrated into Old Town’s daily life.”

The remodel of the 1264 May River Road building, which has been adopted as a community project by the Remodelers Council of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association, included building a small garage for equipment, new signage, fresh paint, replacement of a portion of the roof, lighting, shutters, security system, parking lot improvements, two new flag poles and landscaping.
“The goal of this project is to bring our services closer to our residents however, the project is also a testament to our amazing community spirit as several local contractors and vendors have partnered with us to make this happen,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Once again, I am so impressed with our community and its dedication to a better Bluffton.

“In addition, this building has experienced a circle-of-life because more than a half century ago, it housed the jail and Town Hall,” Sulka said. “From the jailhouse to the substation, it seems this building is continually called to have a law enforcement function.”

Marc Orlando, Bluffton’s town manager, said through the partnership with the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association, nearly 30 contractors have volunteered their time. Orlando said he is especially grateful for Grayco’s donation of the entire lumber package for the shed as well as shutters for the main building. Orlando said he is also very appreciative of the Richard Creamer of Reminiscent Homes who is the chairman of the Remodelers Council of the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association for the coordination of the project’s contractors.

“Adding the project management time, with the contractors’ labor and donated materials, the Town has saved thousands of dollars,” Orlando said. “More importantly, when many hands are involved it represents a true community investment.”

The contractors and vendors who have donated to this project include:
1. Remodelers Council of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association
2. Chairman of Remodelers Council, Richard Creamer of Reminiscent Homes
3. Grayco and General Manager Ben Tomlinson
4. Pearce Scott Architects
5. Surveying Consultants, Inc.
6. I.D.S. Specialty Building Products
7. Orlando and Son’s, Inc.
8. Garden Gate Nursery
9. Rose Landscape, LLC
10. Rodriguez Foundations
11. Custom Security Specialists, Inc.
12. Sign D’Sign
13. W.M. Enterprises Sign Division
14. Lowcountry Finishes
15. Bluffton Electric, LLC
16. AGC Gutter Company, Inc.
17. Advar Roofing, LLC
18. Kenneth Scott Builders
19. Coastal Carolina Striping, LLC
20. All Care Tree Surgery, Inc.
21. GAR-TEC Electric, Inc.
22. Nadeau Construction Inc.
23. Total Renovation, LLC
24. Atlantic Spray Foam, LLC
25. Palmetto Exterminators, Inc.
26. Hagemeyer Lighting
27. Sherwin Williams Company

History of 1264 May River Road/Originally Bluffton’s Town Hall
Mayor Sulka also said this project represents the next chapter in this historic building. “While we can’t locate the exact date of the original build, we estimate the building was first constructed in the 1940s since the materials match the look and feel of that time,” Sulka said. “One of our long-time employees, Town Clerk Sandra Lunceford, remembers her first desk inside the building almost 25 years ago.”

The building was also leased to Bluffton Self-Help and for the past 3.5 years has housed the Town’s engineering and storm water departments. The Town’s engineering department will remain on one side of the building as the Bluffton Police Department substation will occupy the other side. The Bluffton Police Department substation project was completed in July.

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