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Citizens are invited to the second public workshop about our public facilities on Thursday, April 6 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House at 218 Concord Road at 6:00 p.m. It should last approximately 1.5 hours.
Creech & Associates, the architect we hired for this project, will open the workshop with a presentation to provide an update based on the feedback we got from over 75 people who attended the first workshop on March 9 and the results of the online survey to date. They will also facilitate exercises at three stations that will allow citizens to provide feedback on:
Why is the town considering this project?
As Davidson’s population has grown from 4,000 in 1990 to almost 13,000 today, we have outgrown our existing town hall. Ensuring adequate space for our police and fire departments is particularly critical. We need to invest in our public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. We will study the approximately 4 acres of town-owned land on which our current town hall sits (please see area in red below).
This is not the catalyst project, where we were considering private-public partnerships to solve some of our space and parking needs on this land. However, as part of the catalyst process, we heard from hundreds of citizens that recognize our lack of parking downtown and a need for space at town hall.
At their July 12, 2016 meeting, the Davidson Board of Commissioners asked town staff to move forward with planning for our public facilities and to look at parking options.
Town staff have been working with a steering committee comprised of citizen experts in the fields of planning, architecture, construction, etc. to help guide the process and select an architect. Architect Creech & Associates have many years of experience in designing effective town halls, have conducted a space needs assessment of Davidson Town Hall, and will help us run the public workshops. This spring they will create a preliminary design based on citizen feedback and then provide us with a budget estimate. In early summer, plan options and a budget will be presented to the board of commissioners for a decision on whether to move forward with the project.