Park at Beaty Street Task Force
Task Force Officers Denise Beall and Dave Cable provided an update on the work done by the Park at Beaty Street Task Force. As recommended by the task force, we have hired Eagle Engineering to conduct a boundary and topological survey of the Beaty Street property and issued a request for proposals for civil engineering services related to the dam. The scope of work includes a technical, environmental, and financial analysis to determine the costs and benefits of improving versus removing the dam. The task force selected Kimley-Horn for this project. Once we receive their reports, we’ll make a decision on whether or not to retain the pond on this property.
The task force has focused on public input over the past few months including:
• A public input session on Thursday, September 27 with approximately 70 attendees,
• A retreat on October 7,
• Several surveys including one related to the corner of Beaty/Main St., and
• A public input session on November 5 where they shared a conceptual plan and heard from about 60 attendees.
They presented two conceptual plans for the park, none of which include commercial space. One plan shows a building for community uses and the other shows a restroom structure.
The next steps are to finalize the conceptual plan. They will host one last public input session and present their recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners at a future meeting.
251 South Street
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum shared the costs to maintain the 251 South Street property from the time of purchase to the end of the 2019 fiscal year ($17,000 for a six-month period). After completion of our due diligence work, we are acquiring the property at 251 South Street in mid-December. Besides the need for public facilities, there is a myriad of options for use of the site.
The board of commissioners would like to create a citizen committee to assist with managing the public input process on this project to determine if we will master plan the entire five acres or focus on renovating the school building.