Office of the City Manager - July 8, 2014
City officials will hold a ribbon cutting and open house Friday, July 11, for the city offices that have been relocated to the Winston Mutual Building at 1225 E. Fifth St. The ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m., followed immediately by an open house. The public is invited.
The Police Department’s Community Resources Unit is on the second floor. The unit conducts various crime prevention and community relations activities, including crime prevention education, organization of neighborhood watch groups, residential and business security inspections, the Citizens’ Police Academy and appearances of McGruff, the Crime fighting dog. The unit can be reached by calling 773-7835 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The building’s third and fourth floors house the city’s engineering field offices, which had to relocate from the City Yard to make room for the Salem Creek Connector road project. They are expected to be in the building for at least two and a half years.
The ribbon cutting will celebrate the city’s investment in the Winston Mutual Building, which has been a landmark in East Winston since its completion in 1969 to house the Winston Mutual Life Insurance Co.
The company was founded in 1906 to provide insurance and home mortgage products to the African-American community. The building also served as a meeting place for community leaders to discuss social issues and organize political campaigns.
Winston Mutual closed its offices in the building in the mid-1980s after it was acquired by Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. In recent years the building has been vacant.
1225 E. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem NC