By Russ Lay on April 22, 2012A star-studded assemblage of local and state political and civic leaders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the Outer Banks Community Development Corporation’s new digs in Nags Head.
A culmination of a project over five years in planning, the new facility will not only provide a permanent home for the Outer Banks CDC, but will also provide office space for other local civic organizations — the Monarch Beach Club, Interfaith Community Outreach, Outer Banks Hotline and Mano al Hermano.
In the past, securing permanent office space has been a challenge for local outreach programs as landlords converted buildings, raised rental rates or found better-paying tenants.In addition to the sense of permanency and a central location for some of the region’s largest civic groups, the new facility also provides modern amenities, including a shared conference room with video monitors and modern communications equipment.
Transitional housing is also provided in the new building with apartments that can be used by victims of abusive home settings, fires and other disasters and even public employees needing short-term living quarters.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagen, D-N.C. was the keynote speaker and touched upon the need for such facilities throughout the state. Hagen’s office was instrumental in helping the CDC walk through much of the state and federal financial programs which made the new facility a realty.
State Sen. Stan White also provided some remarks, as did former Nags Head mayor and CDC board chairman, Bob Muller. A large number of area commissioners, town managers and civic leaders were also on hand.
The new facility is just south of St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church at 4301 S. Croatan Highway.