Larkspur Town Hall, originally built as a house, is 100 years old this year, but celebrating the birthday hasn't really occurred to town officials. The 1,000-square-foot space is crammed with boxes; has no more room for town records, so they're stored out back in a locked storage unit; and there's no air conditioning, Larkspur Town Manager Matt Krimmer said recently.
So he's kind of celebrating the fact that town council has directed staff to look for other options. And they may have found something.
A log building just north of the town park, at 8720 Spruce Mountain Road, which was built as a gift shop and is twice the size of the current town hall, is available and it's on six acres. The building and lot occupy about an acre, and Krimmer said five acres would be available to almost double the town park's size.
If the town did buy it and move in, there has been talk that the old town hall then would be converted into a museum, he said.
Krimmer said he has been in informal conversations with Joey Edge, co-owner of Edge Realty and the building's owner. The property's price would be in the range of $500,000 to $600,000, he has been told.
The building was used as Edge's office for years. After Edge relocated to Castle Rock, other businesses located there, but it's now been vacant for six month, Krimmer said.
The town hasn't set aside money for such an expense, but Krimmer is hoping some money could be put into next year's budget.
“We're growing by leaps and bounds,” he said. The current town hall, at 9524 S. Spruce Mountain Road, is the office for three permanent staff — Krimmer, the deputy town clerk and an administrative assistant — as well as the mayor's office.
Krimmer said they have boxes in the aisles because there's no room elsewhere, and staff now has to put “overflow files” into a storage unit behind the house because there's just no more room for anything else.
Only July 26, Krimmer said he planned to meet with Edge again, and that today, Aug. 1, he would make an informal presentation to town council about the opportunity.