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By Erin Smith

A new small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown is entering the final stages of construction after more than two years of setbacks.

Bladen County Economic Development Director, Chuck Heustess, said the new windows are being installed in the building this week. He said the project experienced delays due to asbestos removal, Hurricane Matthew, the remodeling of the building’s rear entrance to make it compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act and the project’s original architect, Chris Adams, closed his firm. With the closure of Adams’ architecture firm, the work was stopped until a new architect could be hired.

The building, which will house the small business incubator, once housed the United States Post Office. The building was originally constructed in the 1950s.

The small business incubator, which was undertaken by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, is being designed to house a small business temporarily, until it grows large enough to move to another larger location in town.