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Mayor Rusty Knox signs paperwork for the Town of Davidson to acquire 251 South Street

Applications Now Available for South Street Task Force: 
Deadline January 3

On December 13, the Town of Davidson acquired the five acres of property located at 251 South Street. Are you interested in getting involved in shaping the future of the property? Here's your chance: The Town of Davidson is now accepting applications for appointments to the “South Street Task Force.” The application form is here.
 
The task force is charged with the following:

  • Sponsoring public engagement opportunities to solicit community input on ancillary uses for the available community space in the school building and recommend uses to the board of commissioners in March, 2019.
  • Reviewing and giving feedback on the town use of the school building.
  • Developing a master plan for the South Street site, with extensive public input.

 
Meeting schedule:
Phase 1: The task force will be on a tight deadline to provide a recommendation for community space in the school building to the Davidson Board of Commissioners in March. They will begin work in January, meeting approximately every other week, likely during early evening hours.
Phase 2: After a short break, the task force will reconvene in early summer to develop a public engagement process to master plan the site, and their meeting schedule will be determined at that stage.
 
For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.
To apply for the task force, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PFTFApp.
 
After the January 3 application deadline, applications will be reviewed and members will be nominated by an internal committee consisting of elected officials and staff, and approved by the board of commissioners.
 
Dawn Blobaum, Assistant Town Manager, will serve as primary staff liaison for the task force. Please contact Dawn at 704-940-9615 or dblobaum@townofdavidson.org for more information regarding the task force’s work and schedule.
 
REMINDER:
Community members are invited to learn about and provide input on our current public facilities proposal to master plan the property at 251 South Street for public facilities and other uses, and renovate our existing town hall for the police and fire departments on the following date:
 
•           Monday, December 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at two locations:
-Davidson Town Hall board room
-Hopewell Baptist Church fellowship hall (18841 Davidson-Concord Road)
 
At the open house (drop-in format), we’ll share:
•           Renovation plans for the school building at 251 South Street,
•           Previous plans to construct a new town hall in front of the existing town hall, and
•           Renovation plans for our existing town hall to house our police and fire departments.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with our elected officials and town staff to share feedback or fill out a comment card. If you are unable to attend the public input session on this date, please email your thoughts on the plans to renovate the former IB school for public facilities and other uses vs. building a new town hall in front of the existing town hall to PublicFacilities@townofdavidson.org.
 
 
Why is the town considering this public facilities 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 all departments, board of commissioners' meetings, and community meeting space is particularly critical. We need to invest in our public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. In mid-December, the Town of Davidson will purchase the property at 251 South Street, consisting of a school building, gymnasium, parking lot, fields, and green space. For more information, we encourage you to visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.  If you have questions or comments, please email us at PublicFacilities@townofdavidson.org.
 

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