After less than six months of renovation work, the Belk Building in uptown Wadesboro has almost been restored to its former glory. County director of buildings maintenance and parks and recreation Jeff Waisner said he expects the renovations to be completed by the end of January, barring any weather-related delays.
On Thursday, contractors with SRM, Inc., were finishing up the replacement of the building’s front windows, and Waisner said all of the windows were scheduled to be replaced by the end of the week.
The windows and the brick work had been covered for about 50 years by gray panels. The panels were removed this summer.
In addition to restoring the building’s original façade, metal roof awnings will be added on the second floor. The awnings resemble those at the Anson County Government Center, which sits adjacent to the Belk Building on Greene Street.
Although there had been some talk of covering the name “Belk’s Dept. Store” on the building, Waisner said that he and County Manager Lawrence Gatewood have decided to keep the large “BELK’S” sign in the middle of the building. “It is known by everyone as the Belk Building, after all,” Waisner said.
The Belk Building houses the county’s child support services, veterans services and probation office.
A $1 million renovation project continues at the 100-year-old Anson County Courthouse, across the street from the Belk Building. Most of the exterior is complete, Waisner said, and work continues on the interior.