Seal Building Updates


Representatives for NC Department of Commerce will be in town on April 17th to tour the site.

On April 22nd Green Heron Planning and Nealon Planning will hold a meeting with the town to begin developing a plan for the Seal building property.

The Town met with East Carolina University’s Community and Regional Planning program for the planning portion of this grant project.

“On September 13th, 2023, the class went to Stantonsburg, North Carolina. We met with the Mayor of Stantonsburg, Coley Rhodes, and the town manager, Brian Hawley. They took us around the property, and gave us a background of the town and the site. They also shared their thoughts and ideas on what they wanted to see fill the space. The township leadership wanted a place where everyone could come together. A place that attracted not only locals but also out-of-towners. Students checked out the site and the downtown to have a better understanding of the area.

On September 20th, 2023, students hosted a community charrette with the residents of Stantonsburg in their town hall building. The goal of our charrette was to hear the resident’s hopes and visions for the seal building site. A community charrette is “a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a master plan that represents transformative community change.

An online community survey was conducted three weeks from October 29, 2023, to November 19, 2023, by the Town of Stantonsburg. Residents of Stantonsburg were invited to participate in the survey via an announcement on the Town’s Facebook page and the town website, which provided a link to the survey. The primary goal of this survey was to gather the community’s thoughts on the future of the Seal Building. A secondary goal of this survey was to gather both long-term and short-term plans for the downtown area/community in general and to gather input about the future development of the downtown area while also being able to retain its culture and historical significance to the residents and business owners.”