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Home Sweet Homes -- Is it Time to Become More Modern?
By Tricia M. Derr

In the last 101 years, the Mecklenburg County Bar has had four official addresses: the Law Building downtown, East Boulevard, Queens Road, and its current location on Church St -- a wing in the Catholic Diocese Building.  Prior to the Law Building, the MCB operated out of boxes for the most part that were transferred from president to president. We have come a long ways since then and are nearly 4,700 members strong.

 

The MCB's current headquarters has been at 1123 South Church Street since late May 2013. We are temporarily leasing this office space while building our new permanent home at the Greenway Business Center on Zebulon Road off of Rozzelles Ferry Road. We are working through some logistics at our temporary headquarters but, overall, we have settled in quite nicely. We plan to be at our current location through the fall of 2014 when we anticipate our new Bar & Foundation Center will be completed. 

 

I would like to extend my appreciation to the Catholic Diocese for making us feel welcome. Please come by and say hello. The location is an easy commute for most of our members with plentiful parking and located only two blocks from a GoldRush stop and a LYNX stop.  The Diocese will let us use their training facility from time to time, but since we still don't have large meeting spaces of our own we will be holding our events and large meetings in various places while our new Center is under construction.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we cobble together alternative arrangements until we move into a Center that truly accommodates us.  If there is any question where a meeting, CLE or event will be held, please visit www.MeckBar.org for up to date information.

 

As we begin making decisions on the look and feel of our new Bar & Foundation Center your input is encouraged. Last year, many of you offered your thoughts about what you would like the new Bar Center to include and be able to accommodate.  We hosted an open Bar-wide meeting and held several focus groups. The information collected was very helpful in the design phase process for our new building. We weren't able to include all suggestions, but we have incorporated many of the suggestions including a mock court room, a large event space, several conference/meeting rooms, a CLE training space and an attorney lounge area.  The Future Bar and Foundation Center Committee chaired by Pender McElroy and Bill McMullen is very pleased to announce that the firm of Myers & Chapman is our general contractor, INTEC is our architecture firm and Katie Tyler of Tyler 2 Construction is our owner's representative.

 

Now, we ask for your input regarding the look and feel of the interior. Our future and fifth location of the Mecklenburg County Bar headquarters will likely house us for several decades. In the next couple of months, planning will be in earnest and decisions will be made. Our Myers Park location on Queens Road was purchased in 1994 from George Pittman, an interior designer, who provided us with many lovely antiques. These antiques contributed to a very traditional look. As we plan for our future, we are considering a more transitional interior. We will grow from 6,000 square feet to 24,000 square feet and will have a lot of space to furnish.  We dont want too loud or too bright, but we recognize and embrace the opportunity to update our look just a bit and move away from the traditional-only office environment.

 

If you have specific suggestions about the interior, please let us know. You may contact me directly at tricia.derr@lincolnderr.com or contact MCB Executive Director Nancy M. Roberson at nroberson@meckbar.org or 704/375-8624. We hope to have the furniture and color scheme selected by October. Keep an eye out for news regarding groundbreaking and a naming rights campaign. This is a very exciting time for our Bar, and I look forward to working with all of you throughout fiscal year 2014!


 

 

 
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