Plans are in place to construct a new community building to replace the former Nicholson Village community center on Community Drive.

To that end, Aiken County Council recently awarded a bid of $63,250 to JRC Specialty Inc. to construct a metal building on the property. The property was home to an old school that was deeded decades ago to J.W. Nicholson Village Community Center board of trustees to be used as a community building. The 1,100-square-foot building was found to be unsalvageable by Aiken County building inspectors after sitting in a state of disrepair for years.

After the Nicholson Village community and County Councilman Willar Hightower asked for County assistance, the County later leased the property from the community’s board of trustees.

“We (the County) then had the Board sign a management agreement to manage that property,” Aiken County Assistant Administrator Brian Sanders said. “What that enabled, was for Council to put money into that property, and then the County built a paved walking track, fenced basketball court and a play system. But the old building remained.”

Sanders said the old building was at a point where it couldn’t be saved, and the community requested a new one.

The new metal building will be big enough to accommodate small community meetings and will also house an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office substation.

“It’s going to be more of an open building with restrooms,” Sanders said. “They could rent it out to allow birthday parties or wedding receptions, but it’s not going to be a huge building. It’ll pretty much be the same footprint of the old building.”

Sanders said construction could start by the end of the summer.

The community center at Nicholson Village is located at 302 Community Drive.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter.