Mathews courthouse building closed for renovations

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Oct 23, 2013 - 01:34 PM

Mathews County’s historic courthouse is now closed for renovations.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the county board of supervisors, which was held in the courthouse, building official Jamie Wilks said that the building will be closed from yesterday, Oct. 23, through most of November.

The renovations will include making the front of the room all one level, installing a U-shaped meeting table there, and installing new sound capabilities. There will also be connections for future video and internet capabilities, as well. The board decided to meet at Mathews Memorial Library next month in case the renovations aren’t finished by then.

In planning matters, the board unanimously approved a rezoning request and a conditional use permit for a property at the corner of Windsor Road and Buckley Hall Road in Dutton.

The parcel, which belongs to Gloucester resident Marie J. Seavey, will be rezoned from Residential-2 to Business-2. The applicant also requested a conditional use permit to enable her to divide the structure into four apartments for residential use. The building currently has a construction business office downstairs and two apartments upstairs.

VPPSA

Steve Geissler, executive director of the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA), reported to the board that VPPSA plans to move its facilities from the Peninsula to the West Point Industrial Complex. The move will create efficiencies and cost savings, said Geissler, especially with the building of a materials recovery facility where the authority can sort and bale its own recyclables and thus make more money.