Bud Emerson | Klish Way
After analyzing poll results from 980 citizen responses regarding three City Hall options, the City Council decided to move forward with a Civic Center plan favored by most. The complex will include about 9,000 square feet of administrative space, and about 3,000 square feet for council chambers, a TV studio and an emergency operations center. The plaza will be about 15,000 square feet. The plan will also allow for 160 parking spaces and flexible space for future decisions about possible expansion for public or private uses.
The Council allocated $546,000 for the next steps: design studies and environmental impact studies. City Council will be choosing an architect for the project at its April 6 meeting. Ultimately, the project is estimated to cost between $12 and $16 million, to be paid for partly from reserves and partly from bond financing.
The Council also approved an ambitious schedule of public workshops and public hearings for the rest of the year.