New Town Hall Project
This page will be used to post updates related to the new Town Hall project that has been proposed next to Town Center/Discovery Place Kids.
Earlier this year, Commissioners passed a resolution to enter into a contract for design and preliminary services with Edifice, Inc., who was identified as the design-builder for this project. The team of Edifice, along with architect Creech & Associates and engineers from Dewberry and Stewart, began the preliminary services, design and pre-construction work in early summer, and funds to support the first phase of the project ($960,000) were approved with the FY22 Budget.
To assist with the design phase, Creech & Associates held a public input session on August 5, 2021. An online survey seeking similar input was also posted for 30 days to complete the first phase of public input. Approximately 25 residents attended the public meeting and 175 completed the online survey. Summary of Public Input provided to Creech & Associates. Additional public input will be sought later this fall.
On September 20, 2021, Edifice and Creech & Associates provided a summary of the Advanced Planning phase of this project and sought direction from Commissioners on an option to advance to the next phase of planning, Schematic Design. September 20 Presentation. The consensus of the Board was to advance Option C to schematic design.
The budget for this project is firm at $14 million, all-in. This includes construction of a 35,000sf +/- building and the upfit of the finished spaces. It will include space for community meetings and activities, flexible space for community partners and external agencies, a larger board room to serve our growing population and space to meet current and future staffing needs. There will be some shell space in the building that can be developed at a later time to accommodate future growth needs. Some portion of the project will be financed to take advantage of record low interest rates, but it is envisioned that as much as $5 million in proceeds from the sales of other town assets will offset part of that cost. That includes an anticipated sale of the existing town hall upon relocation to a new building.
Project put on pause -- On December 20, 2021, Commissioners heard an update from Creech & Associates and Edifice and voted to put the project on pause for 6 months to allow time to investigate and evaluate other potential locations for the new town hall. Link to presentation from Creech & Associates.